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It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south.

As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
Published January 1, 1987 by SIMON & SCHUSTER. NY 1987. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Not unexpectedly, and with customary flair, Didion ignores the traditional features of Miami, looks briefly at tense race relations, white flight, and a saturated real-estate market, and concentrates on a kind of second city, the community of Cuban exiles who have prospered even as they pursue la...

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London Review of Books

He should at least have done enough homework to know that Awlad Haritna – translated as Children of Gehelqwi by myself and published here in 1981 – is not a trilogy, but a novel in five parts, that it was banned just after, not just before, its first publication as a serial in Al-Ahram, and that ...

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The New York Review of Books

“The Miami exiles are not anticommunist,” an exile named Carlos M.

Jun 25 1987 | Read Full Review of Miami

The New York Review of Books

There were in Washington during the Reagan administration a small but significant number of people for whom a commitment to American involvement in Central America did not exist exclusively as an issue, a political marker to be moved sometimes front, sometimes back.

Jul 16 1987 | Read Full Review of Miami

The New York Review of Books

He was, at the time we spoke, one of two Cuban members (the other being Armando Codina, a Miami entrepreneur and member of the advisory board of the Southeast First National Bank) of The Non-Group, an unofficial and extremely private organization which had been called the shadow government of Sou...

Jun 11 1987 | Read Full Review of Miami

The New York Review of Books

Fulgencio Batista had himself come back from Florida to take Havana away from Carlos Prío in 1952, but by 1958 Fidel Castro, with Carlos Prío’s money, was taking it away from Fulgencio Batista, at which turn Carlos Prío’s former prime minister tried to land a third … ...

May 28 1987 | Read Full Review of Miami

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