Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground

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Gibbs Smith, Jul 1, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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Featuring hundreds of vintage photographs, postcards, brochures, and other materials evocative of time and place, Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground documents how the city of Havana evolved from Prohibition haven and rich man's playground to a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, all-night bars, and backstreet brothels. Here, captured in one amazing book, is the drama, passion, intrigue, and opulence of a legendary city during its heyday-before the Castro dictatorship re-imagined the country and Americans were banned from travel to this tropical paradise.

An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on midcentury modern architecture and design. He is the founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an internationally recognized historic preservation organization, and the writer/director of Desert Holiday, a documentary film chronicling the history of Palm Springs as seen through vintage postcards. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.
 

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Contents

01 Havana Colony 012023_02 Havana Colony 016027pdf
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02 Havana Sugar 024033_03 Havana Sugar 028037pdf
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03 Havana Between 034053_04 Havana Between 038057pdf
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04 Havana Tragedy 054063_05 Havana Tragedy 060069pdf
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05 Havana Postwar 064077_06 Havana Postwar 070083pdf
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06 Havana Drinking 078105_07 Havana Drinking 084111pdf
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07 Havana Tropicana 106123_08 Havana Tropicana 112129pdf
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08 Havana At Night 124139_09 Havana At Night 130145pdf
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10 Havana Music 158169_11 Havana Music 164175pdf
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11 Havana Mob 170181_12 Havana Mob 176187pdf
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12 Havana Riviera 182201_13 Havana Riviera 188207pdf
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13 Havana Hilton 202219_14 Havana Hilton 208225pdf
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14 Havana Other 220233_15 Havana Other 226239pdf
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15 Havana Modern 234243_16 Havana Modern 240249pdf
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16 Havana New Years Back 244256_17 Havana New Years 250257pdf
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Copyright

09 Havana Habanero 140157_10 Havana Habanero 146163pdf
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An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on midcentury Modern architecture and design. He is the founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an internationally recognized historic preservation organization, and the writer/director of Desert Holiday, a documentary film chronicling the history of Palm Springs as seen through vintage postcards. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.

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