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Rosalie Schwartz taught history at San Diego State University and is the author of Lawless Liberators: Political Banditry and Cuban Independence, winner of the 1990 Hubert Herring Book Prize.

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The first of these works is a guidebook‘and an excellent one at that. Baker, who has traveled extensively in Cuba and written other guidebooks and magazine articles, gives a general introduction to his subject, with tips on getting to Cuba, hotels, money, and all the usual things one expects from a guide. But his book has a special twist for Americans because of the embargo. After introductory material on history, flora and fauna, the Helms-Burton bill, Castro, and many, many other topics, the book is organized by region, with maps, hotels, tips on getting there, etc. This excellent work is one of the most thorough guidebooks this reviewer has ever seen. Highly recommended. The author of two other works on Latin America, Schwartz has written not a guidebook but a well-researched description of tourism in Cuba, mainly from the Twenties to the Sixties. The emphasis is on American tourists, the most numerous until Castro, and the history is chronological, showing how World Wars I and II affected Cuban industry. Schwartz describes the Mafia influence and the state of tourism since Castro, and she also considers how tourism affects a country, any country, which makes interesting reading. An excellent history that should have broad appeal, this is scholarly but not dull.‘George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA

"In her scholarly but often fascinating study, Schwartz examines the changing ideas of leisure and recreation in Havana, the `Paris of the Antilles' to which U.S. tourists thronged for its forbidden enticements and never-ending cabaret. Schwartz's report is heavily tinged with politics, of course, but high spirits and nostalgia also seep from its pages."-Miami Herald * Miami Herald *
"A well-researched description of tourism in Cuba, mainly from the Twenties to the Sixties. The emphasis is on American tourists, the most numerous until Castro, and the history is chronological, showing how World Wars I and II affected Cuban industry. Schwartz describes the Mafia influence and the state of tourism since Castro, and she also considers how tourism affects a country, any country, which makes interesting reading. An excellent history that should have broad appeal."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"Pleasingly written and carefully documented . . . [Schwartz] offers a valuable perspective on the present. . . . Today, Cuba's socialist leadership is confronted with conundrums not so different from those faced by its capitalist predecessors: how to present Cuba to its international visitors, address internal pressures arising from mass tourism, and survive in the shadow of U.S. power. Schwartz details how `Cuba' has repeatedly been reconfigured from the 1900s to the present, while the image of Caribbean exoticism has survived the whims of fashion and a century of drastic changes."-Choice * Choice *

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