This Is Cuba

An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow by David Ariosto

  • Published: Aug 11, 2020

USA Today "New and Noteworthy" One of The Washington Post's "10 Books to Readand Giftin December" "Fascinating." Forbes Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has... read more

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Details of This Is Cuba

Exact title of the book
This Is Cuba
Book author
David Ariosto
ISBN
9781250176981
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Dec 11, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

USA Today "New and Noteworthy" One of The Washington Post's "10 Books to Readand Giftin December" "Fascinating." Forbes Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain.

Yet those who look close enough may recognize that signs of the next revolution are etched in plain view. This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetimea two-year assignment in Havana. For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind.

From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havanas empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the islands subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition. Beyond the classic cars, salsa, and cigars lies a country in which black markets are ubiquitous, free speech is restricted, privacy is curtailed, sanctions wreak havoc, and an almost Kafka-esque goo of Soviet-style bureaucracy still slows the gears of an economy desperate to move forward. But life in Cuba is indeed changing, as satellite dishes and internet hotspots dot the landscape and more Americans want in.

Still, its not so simple. The old sentries on both sides of the Florida Straits remain at their posts, fists clenched and guarding against the specter of a Cold War that never quite ended, despite the death of Fidel and the hand-over of the presidency to a man whose last name isnt Castro. And now, a crisis is brewing.

In This Is Cuba, Ariosto looks at Cuba from the inside-out over the course of nine years, endeavoring to expose clues for whats in store for the island as it undergoes its biggest change in more than half a century.

About author

ARIOSTO is Executive Producer of GZERO media at the Eurasia Group. Previously, he has worked for Brut, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Reuters and National Geographic. Between 2009 and 2010, Ariosto was based in Havana, Cuba, working as a photojournalist for CNN.

He continues to make reporting trips to the island several times each year. Ariosto also holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and a Bachelors of History degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He lives in New York.

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