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Cuba: A History [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Thomas
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From award-winning historian Hugh Thomas, Cuba: A History is the essential work for understanding one of the most fascinating and controversial countries in the world.



Hugh Thomas's acclaimed book explores the whole sweep of Cuban history from the British capture of Havana in 1762 through the years of Spanish and United States domination, down to the twentieth century and the extraordinary revolution of Fidel Castro.



Throughout this period of over two hundred years, Hugh Thomas analyses the political, economic and social events that have shaped Cuban history with extraordinary insight and panache, covering subjects ranging from sugar, tobacco and education to slavery, war and occupation.



Encyclopaedic in range and breathtaking in execution, Cuba is surely one of the seminal works of world history.



'An astonishing feat ... the author does more to explain the phenomenon of Fidel's rise to power than anybody else has done so far' - Spectator



'Brilliant' - The New York Times



'Immensely readable. Thomas's notion of history's scope is generous, for he has not limited himself to telling old political and military events; he describes Cuban culture at all stages ... not merely accessible but absorbing. His language is witty but never mocking, crisp but never harsh' - New Yorker



'Thomas seems to have talked to everybody not dead or in jail, and read everything. He is scrupulously fair' - Time



Hugh Thomas is the author of, among other books, The Spanish Civil War (1962), which won the Somerset Maugham Award, Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom (1971), An Unfinished History of the World (1979), and the first two volumes of his Spanish Empire trilogy, Rivers of Gold (2003) and The Golden Age (2010).

About the Author

Hugh Thomas is the author of, among other books, The Spanish Civil War (1962), which won the Somerset Maugham Award, Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom (1971), An Unfinished History of the World (1979), and the first volume of his Spanish Empire trilogy, Rivers of Gold (2003). In 2008 he was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France and in 2009 received the Calvo Serer Prize in Spain and the Bonino Prize in Italy. He was director of the Centre for Policy Studies in London from 1979 to 1991, and he became a life peer as Baron Thomas of Swynnerton in 1981.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4523 KB
  • Print Length: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BG2938G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant historic introduction to Cuba 19 May 2014
By Jolgas
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Have never really understood Cuban history apart from my memories of years ago in the Western press. My knowledge has now been corrected and I am keen to find out more. I enjoyed the introduction where he compares history to current affairs and it is only really when an item becomes history (with archives opened up etc) that you truly have a real understanding of what happened. Very readable with tremendous detail. Loved it. For anyone like me who has a serious interest in Cuban history and how the British then Americans became involved followed of course by the Eastern block including Russia I can recommend this.
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It was out of stock but I have been assured of a refund so I expectation of that event I will give them top marks for their nice email and the promptness in which the matter was handled.The pill was sugared by the fact that I then found a pristine copy in a charity shop for 50p so my joy in the whole matter was unbounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 Jun. 2014
By Dee
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This was purchased to expand my knowledge in the History of Cuba, the politics and culture of the country, and it does that in a very easy to digest and comprehensive way
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a tremendous book, a real tour de force of historical narrative. Starting with the British of Havana in 1762, through the years of slavery, the role of sugar, the revolutions, the hopes of democracy turned sour by graft, the dictators and the years of Castro, it explains why we find Cuba in the state it is today. It is beautifully written, thoroughly researched and a ripping tale of Cuba's frenetic, bloody, tragic, corrupt and heroic history.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know on the history of Cuba 9 May 2012
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A well written book with all you need to know on the history of Cuba touching such aspects as slavery, sugar economy, colonialism, relations with the US and many other realted subjects. It is book with a lot of pages but for history lovers it is a pleasant read.
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