Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground

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Gibbs Smith, Sep 1, 2009 - History
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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 mid-century 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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User Review  - Arlene - Goodreads

The art work, the history, the pictures. I should get this book for my coffee table. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

A sexy & fascinating visual tour through old photos/artwork/pop-cultural & historic Havana pre-Castro memorablilia - plus, old cocktail recipes! Read full review

Contents

Prologue
9
Introduction
10
From Spanish Colony to Cuban Republic
12
Sugar Rum and Cigars
24
Havana between the World Wars
34
The Tragedy of Cuban Politics
54
Cubas Postwar Tourist Explosion
64
Drinking Dining and Dancing
78
Cubas Incredible Music Scene
158
Havana and the Mob
170
Havana Riviera
182
Havana Hilton
202
Havanas Other Fabulous Hotels
220
Havana Modern
234
New Years 1958 and Beyond
244
Bibliography
252

Tropicana
106
Havana at Night
124
Life as a Habanero
140

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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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