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This title presents a car-centered history of life on the island. Vintage U.S.-made cars on the streets of Havana provide a common representation of Cuba. Journalist Richard Schweid, who traveled throughout the island to research the story of motor vehicles in Cuba today and yesterday, gets behind the wheel and behind the stereotype in this colorful chronicle of cars, buses, and trucks. In his captivating, sometimes gritty voice, Schweid blends previously untapped historical sources with his personal experiences, spinning a car-centered history of life on the island over the past century. The narrative is complemented by fifty-two historic black-and-white photographs and eight color photographs by contemporary Cuban photographer Adalberto Roque.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807858875
ISBN-10: 0807858870
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Schweid

RICHARD SCHWEID was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he is a founder and senior editor of the city magazine Barcelona Metropolitan. His previous books include Consider the Eel (from the University of North Carolina Press). He served as production manager for the Oscar-nominated film Balseros, a documentary feature about Cuban refugees.

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