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5 Books You Must Read Before Visiting Cuba

This unique, easy going country is much more than classic old cars and an outdated communist regime. Learn more here!

Cuba is a one of a kind place with amazing people and a relaxing atmosphere that will make you seriously question the Western way of doing things.

These insightful books get deep into the colorful history of these small islands. Read about the USA’s involvement in the businesses of the country and its revolutionary days, and you will feel very much at home by the time you arrive!

#1 Havana Before Castro By Peter Moruzzi

Havana Before Castro By Peter MoruzziGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

In Havana Before Castro, author Peter Moruzzi captures the magic of pre-Castro Havana through dozens of vintage and contemporary photographs, brochures, postcards, artifacts and other ephemera. Once the most popular, exotic destination for Americans during the 40 years between WWI and Castro’s revolution, Havana Before Castro visually recalls this history of when the city was America’s prohibition haven and rich man’s playground.

Embark on a journey through the stunning images that recall the world-renowned nightclubs and cabarets like the seamy Shanghai Theatre and the glamour of the Tropicana, Montmartre and Sans Souci clubs. Explore the former stomping grounds of iconic figures like Hemingway, Sinatra and mobster Meyer Lansky. Pull back the historical curtain and rediscover this once-tropical playground.

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#2 Havana Nocturne by T. J. English

Havana Nocturne by T. J. English Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Very well researched and written book about the early days of the mob in the USA and their efforts to turn Cuba into a money machine. Names like Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel and more, the empire they built, the glamour, the gambling, Hollywood, and money.Fascinating. Many say that Havana is lost in time, and several of the beautiful hotels they built are still standing. This excess was undoubtedly a lead up to the Revolution, and the Castro brothers and Che Guevara are profiled in the book.

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#3 Cuba: A New History by Richard Gott

Cuba: A New History by Richard GottGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Super-engaging read that flows naturally. Loved the in-depth stories about Che Guevara and the USSR-USA cold war crisis. Learned a lot! We’ve been to Cuba 4 times and are planning our next trip to Havana for this November. We absolutely adore this country!

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#4 Don’t just travel to Cuba, experience Cuba like a local by Talek Nantes

Don't just travel to Cuba, experience Cuba like a local by Talek Nantes Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Beyond a mere directory of attractions, this guidebook delves into the history of Cuba from the pre-colonial days to the present.

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#5 Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana by Chanel CleetonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a fascinating novel that takes you back to the revolutionary period in Cuba. Three generations of a wealthy family are the focus of this gripping story. How did Fidel Castro come to power and maintain it? Who were the ones that escaped his regime to the US and who were the ones that stayed? This novel takes you on a journey from the present day Miami to the past in Havana Cuba.

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Contributors to this article
Peter Moruzzi from PeterMoruzzi

Jean Warneke from JB Journeys

Alexandra Nestertchouk from PerfectDayToPlay

Talek Nantes from TravelswithTalek

Nadeen White from The Sophisticated Life

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Written by Zak Parker

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