Cars in Cuba You Should See Before You Die

Author: Kim Buddee
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781742579702
Category: Antique and classic cars
Page: 288
View: 7674
Visitors to Cuba are enchanted by the music, the cigars and rum but above all they love those iconic classic American cars thundering along the crumbling streets of Havana and over the dusty bumpy roads of the island. In the first half of the 20th century Cuba was one of the greatest importers of American cars and by 1955 they numbered over one hundred and fifty five thousand. Kim Buddee's affectionate tribute to this Jurassic Park of motor vehicles captures the wide range of imports from pre WW2 through the glory days of the 1950s. Away from the motor museums and collectors' Concourses, here these classic vehicles appear warts an' all, strung together with duct tape and wire, hybrid models with odd hood ornaments and hand painted panels, some in motion and some broken down.

1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die

Author: Michael Bright
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 0785835830
Category: Nature
Page: 960
View: 4140
With the help of some of the world’s leading explorers, 1001 Natural Wonders circumnavigates the globe, traveling from arid deserts to frozen wastes, across grasslands and steppe, lakes and rivers, and from mountain tops to ocean depths. Each wonder has been selected for its grandeur and sheer natural beauty. This is the definitive guide to the most spectacular sights in the natural world, celebrating hundreds of millions of years of the Earth’s long and furious history. Some places are located in the remote wilderness, others just a bus ride from town, but whatever and wherever they are, they are rendered here with an inspiring immediacy. Entries are packed with information on the creation and development, location and spectacle of each phenomenon. 100 Natural Wonders is the most detailed and comprehensive guide of its kind. For the would-be explorer, dedicated tourist, traveler, nature-lover, student, or simply for the inquisitive, this compilation of the world’s most amazing vistas and experiences is an absolute must, an insight into our planet’s priceless resources.

Cuba's Car Culture

Celebrating the Island's Automotive Love Affair
Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760350264
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 7622
Welcome to Cuba's automotive time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades, the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country - its middle class ensured an interesting variety of vehicles plying the roads. But when Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars. Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as: Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement parts Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts Drag racing with no drag strip In many ways, Cuba is an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

The Immigrant's Universe

Author: Humphrey Humberto Pachecker
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781456811945
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 303
View: 3067

Cuba - One Mojito at a Time

So Near, Yet So Far
Author: Donald E. Smith
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1456716018
Category: Travel
Page: 200
View: 9260
I had always wanted to visit Cuba. The mystique surrounding Castro and Che had piqued my curiosity and imagination. What was there about this tiny country which lay just 80 miles from Florida that prompted our government to treat it as a threat to our way of life? Why had we backed a poorly organized band of mercenaries in an aborted invasion attempt?Why had American celebrities and fun-seekers flocked there in pre-Castro days? Why is Cuba still a mecca for millions of tourists from all over the world?Why does our government make it so difficult for United States' citizens to visit there? Well, I found a way to go to try to find some answers to those questions and many others.This is the story of my visit and an account of what I found.

Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile

On the Road in Cuba
Author: Richard Schweid
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807828922
Category: Transportation
Page: 239
View: 4306
A car-centered history of life on Cuba over the past century explores how vintage U.S.-made cars long extinct in the U.S. and held together with mechanical ingenuity and willpower provide a common representation of Cuba.


Author: Simon Calder,Emily Hatchwell
Publisher: Vacation-Work
ISBN: 9781854582218
Category: Travel
Page: 364
View: 8677
This is a guide for travellers visiting Cuba, giving information on beaches, bars, music, money, restaurants and railways. The book also includes details of the cheapest and best ways to reach Cuba, avoiding crooks and con-men, booking the best-value hotels, renting bicycles and finding free health-care. The book is aimed at both independent travellers and those on organized trips to Cuba.

The Beggar's Opera

Author: Peggy Blair
Publisher: Penguin Canada
ISBN: 0143183435
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 9212
The first volume in the atmospheric and suspenseful Inspector Ramirez series In beautiful, crumbling Old Havana, Canadian detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will help save his troubled marriage. He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water—much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the Canadian couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecon. For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police, finding his prime suspect isn’t a problem—Cuban law is. He has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island. But Ramirez also has his own troubles to worry about. He’s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of unsolved murders. As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step...

Back to Cuba

The Return of the Butterflies
Author: Elio F. Beltran
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462825646
Category: Fiction
Page: 374
View: 6132
Xlibris, the leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of a new special edition of Back to Cuba: The Return of the Butterflies, an engaging book written by multi-awarded authored Elio F. Beltran. The text tells a story that evolves around real personalities of the process including a brief revealing encounter with the then student leader Fidel Castro. Readers will meet Michael, the protagonist chosen by the author for this true story that in itself goes beyond an apparent fictional novel to become not only the love story that it is, but brings fresh insight into the contemporary history of Cuba in spite of the fact that, as the author have said, he has not intended to write neither a political nor a history book. He nonetheless develops into the life within the process, as a participant first, including peripheral accounts of guerilla warfare, and his life as an exiled artist in the United States. After forty-two years of his exile, he reaches a poignant decision of going back to Cuba to witness the dramatic changes of places and people that he can barely recognize after all the years. His exploits will also give readers provocative insight about the contemporary dilemma of the Cuban exile community as well as the challenges confronting the new US government of Barack Obama. With the recent developments on both the United States and Cuba, Back to Cuba: The Return of the Butterflies is easily the most timely book to read. In light of policy changes from both nations, this book clearly defines how much has changed.

Fodor's Cuba

Author: Fodor's
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications
Category: Cuba
Page: 158
View: 4664
The best guide to Cuba, packed with essentials Walking and driving tours--along cobblestone streets and mountain byways--to help you explore the heart and soul of the land Baroque cathedrals and Creole patios, fortresses and town houses, museums and galleries, parks and plazas Spectacular beaches, diving, and other water sports Fiestas, folk music, rumbas, and nightlife Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget Hotels and resorts--new and old, modern and classic Restaurants and cafes from rustic to elegant, with cuisine ranging from Latin to American, French, and Continental Fresh, thorough, practical--from writers you can trust Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands All reviews based on visits by savvy writer-residents 22 pages of maps--and dozens of unique features Important Contacts A to Z; Smart Travel Tips; Fodor's Choice; Cuban chronology; background essays; complete index; and more!


A Jake Grafton Novel
Author: Stephen Coonts
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429956024
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 2733
Stephen Coonts' bestelling novels takes readers into the heart of harrowing, pulse-pounding action, whether on land, on sea, or in the air. Now, this master of full-tilt, blockbuster suspense turns into a lush setting 90 miles from U.S. soil. In Cuba, Fidel Castro lies dying. Human sharks are circling. And one man has his finger on the trigger of a weapon that will change everything... Admiral Jake Grafton is overseeing a shipment of nerve gas being transferred for a top-secret U.S. stockpile at Guantanamo Bay. But a power struggle inside Cuba has ignited an explosive plot and turned a horrific new weapon on the U.S. Now, Jake must strap himself into the cockpit of a new generation of American aircraft and fly blind into the heart of an island that is about to blow--and take the whole world with it...

Shadow Over The Caribbean

Author: William Stegall
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1469713705
Category: Fiction
Page: 372
View: 7547
This book continues with the adventures of Briggs Chester as his employer and friend, Dan Mallory, again hand him a complex and dangerous assignment. As Briggs is vacationing on Key Biscayne, a small and wealthy enclave just miles from downtown Miami, Dan arranges a meeting in Miami to discuss a special assignment. At the same time, on the Caribbean Island of Aruba, a Cuban Intelligence officer, Major Ramon Garcia, is approaching a beautiful agent of Cuba, Monique Von Steuban, to undertake a sensitive operation for the Cuban Intelligence Service. This operation, initiated at the direct order of Fidel Castro, will involve money, love, and cocaine. The Miami-Cuban National Federation, in Miami, has been aware that the Cuban Government had been stockpiling massive quantities of cocaine in Cuba which was being held as a reserve much like other Nations stockpiled gold. Their intent is to use Briggs Chester to convince the Cuban Government that he is a drug dealer with one hundred millions dollars available to purchase cocaine. The Cuban government, in dire need of hard currency will put together a plan to sell Chester the cocaine for his money. Fidel will take direct charge of the operation which will take place on a island in the Bahama chain. A fast moving story that culminates in the middle of a hurricane on the small Caribbean Island of Great Inagua.

Change Up

An Oral History of 8 Key Events That Shaped Baseball
Author: Larry Burke,Peter Thomas Fornatale,Jim Baker
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1594861897
Category: Music
Page: 304
View: 6515
Change Up is every fan’s box-seat ticket to a remarkable baseball event: a round-table conversation among the participants themselves about pivotal developments that changed the game, from the 1960s to today. Here, through the eyes and words of star players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki, baseball legends like Cal Ripken, Earl Weaver, and Jim Bouton, and award-winning writers like David Marainiss, Bob Lipsyte, and Robert Whiting who reported the stories, are vivid and very personal accounts of some of the most important happenings in the history of the sport. How did the game change with the creation of the players union, the hiring of Frank Robinson as the first black manager, the rise of Latin and Japanese players? From the return of National League baseball to New York to the publication of Ball Four, these are fascinating stories viewed from a unique perspective. Even the most rabid and informed fans will find much that is new in these pages—and they will emerge with a greater understanding and appreciation of the game they love.

The Rough Guide to Cuba

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 3803

Cuban Identity and the Angolan Experience

Author: C. Peters
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137119284
Category: Political Science
Page: 230
View: 1020
Exploring the cultural politics of Cuba's epic military engagement in the Angolan civil war, this book narrates the transformation of Cuban national identity from Latin African to Caribbean through the experience of internationalism in Angola.

Sailing to Hemingway's Cuba

Author: David Schaefer
Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.
ISBN: 9781574091106
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 269
View: 2643
The color, mystique and irrepressible spirit of Cuba come alive as the author sails to the old haunts of his lifelong hero, Ernest Hemmingway.

Intrigue, Capitalism, Love

My True Story
Author: Oliver J. DeSofi
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1434962601
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 430
View: 8861

Dive GTMO - Scuba Diving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Author: Adam Grohman Andrew Campbell
ISBN: 1411698649
Page: N.A
View: 2007

The Wings of the Sphinx

Author: Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330540548
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 7007
The Wings of the Sphinx is the eleventh book in the wickedly funny Inspector Montalbano series by Italian author, Andrea Camilleri. Things are not going well for Inspector Montalbano. His long-distance relationship with Livia is on the rocks, he feels himself getting even older and he's growing tired of the violence in his job. Then the dead body of a young woman is found in an illegal dump, with half her face missing. Her identity at first unknown; a tattoo of a sphinx moth on her left shoulder links her with three other girls bearing the same mark, all recent Russian immigrants to Italy. Victims of an underworld sex trade, these girls have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a Catholic charity organization. The problem is, the other girls can't help Montalbano with his enquiries. They are all missing. As his investigations progresses, it seems that not everyone wants Montalbano to discover what really lies behind the organization's charitable façade. And not only does Montalbano have a case to solve, he has a demanding stomach to feed, and he must save his foundering relationship with Livia . . . The Wings of the Sphinx is followed by the twelfth gripping mystery, The Track of Sand.