Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba by Tom Gjelten
The Biography of a Cause

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In this widely hailed book, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba's tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative. The company Facundo Bacardi launched in Cuba in 1862 brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life. With his intimate account of their struggles and adventures across five generations, Gjelten brings to life the larger story of Cuba's fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the violent division of the Cuban nation.
 

About Tom Gjelten

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Tom Gjelten is a veteran correspondent for NPR on international issues, and a regular panelist on the PBS program Washington Week. His reporting from Sarajevo won him a George Polk Award for excellence in radio reporting. He is the author of Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege.
 
Published September 4, 2008 by Penguin Books. 432 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A refreshing history of the folks who brought the world the Cuba libre, and who agitate for a Cuba libre even today.

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The history of a family and its Cuban-born, Puerto Rico-based, now worldwide liquor giant.

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But it wasn't always so, and in "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba," National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten writes an appealingly smooth and colorful history - thorough and open-minded, despite occasional forays into the catty and ingenuous - of a company that rose in step with Cuban n...

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