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A Continent of Islands
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In this richly detailed portrait of the individual countries and peoples of the Caribbean, Mark Kurlansky brings to life a society and culture often kept hidden from foreigners--the arts, history, politics, and economics of the region, as well as the vivid day-to-day lives of its citizens. From the Newyoriccans of Levittown, Puerto Rico; to the state-salaried popular musicians of Cuba; to the practitioners of good political hurricanemanship (who know how to stretch statistics to bring in relief funds), "A Continent of Islands" paints portraits that will prove equally fascinating to tourists who know the Caribbean only as a string of beach resorts, and to readers curious about U.S. efforts to influence its neighbors.
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* Introduction * The Curse * Old Gods and Satellite Dishes * Color-Coded Nations * Sacrifice and the Revolution * Why Damballah Left * Bajan Burgers * Prophets and Profits * The Goats, the Sheep, and the Ugly Time * Two Ways of Looking at It * A Hint of Vanilla * Too Strong a Word * The Good Election * Death by Pepper Sauce * The Tenth Man * The Diaspora * Don Pedro in Levittown * The Cookie Theory of Underdevelopment * In Search of France * History Returns * The Continent (Table) * Suggested Reading

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Mark Kurlansky has reported on the Caribbean for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

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