Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause

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Viking, 2008 - Business & Economics - 413 pages
A unique history of Cuba, captured in the life and times of the famous rum dynasty The Bacardis of Cuba, builders of a rum distillery and a worldwide brand, came of age with their nation and helped define what it meant to be Cuban. Across five generations, the Bacardi family has held fast to its Cuban identity, even in exile from the country for whose freedom they once fought. Now National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten tells the dramatic story of one family, its business, and its nation, a 150-year tale with the sweep and power of an epic. The Bacardi clan--patriots and bon vivants, entrepreneurs and intellectuals--provided an example of business and civic leadership in its homeland for nearly a century. From the fight for Cuban independence from Spain in the 1860s to the rise of Fidel Castro and beyond, there is no chapter in Cuban history in which the Bacardis have not played a role. In chronicling the saga of this remarkable family and the company that bears its name, Tom Gjelten describes the intersection of business and power, family and politics, community and exile.

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A refreshing history of the folks who brought the world the Cuba libre, and who agitate for a Cuba libre even today.The Bacardi rum dynasty is now headquartered in Puerto Rico, but its origins are ... Read full review

A Dynamic Combination of History and Biography

User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

Looking for insights on Cuban history, culture, politics, Castro—this is a good historical exposition of a country that has gone through more turmoil and experiments in government than perhaps any ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Tom Gjelten is a veteran correspondent for NPR on international issues, and a regular panelist on the PBS program Washington Week. His reporting from Sarajevo won him a George Polk Award for excellence in radio reporting. He is the author of Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege.

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