Trading With the Enemy by Tom Miller
A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba

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“Havana knew me by my shoes,” begins Tom Miller’s lively and entertaining account of his sojourn for more than eight months traveling through Cuba, mixing with its literati and black marketers, its cane cutters and cigar rollers. Granted unprecedented access to travel throughout the country, the author presents us with a rare insight into one of the world’s only Communist countries. Its best-known personalities and ordinary citizens talk to him about the U.S. embargo and tell their favorite Fidel jokes as they stand in line for bread at the Socialism or Death Bakery. Miller provides a running commentary on Cuba’s food shortages, exotic sensuality, and baseball addiction as he follows the scents of Graham Greene, José Marti, Ernest Hemingway, and the Mambo Kings. The result of this informed and adventurous journey is a vibrant, rhythmic portrait of a land and people too long shielded from American eyes.
 

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Tom Miller is managing editor of the China Economic Quarterly, published by research company GK Dragonomics, and a former Beijing correspondent of the South China Morning Post. Tom has a degree in English from Oxford and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. After teaching for a year at Shanghai University, he studied Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and at China's Central Academy of Drama. Resident in China for more than a decade, Tom lives in Beijing with his wife and two children. This is his first book.
 
Published September 9, 2008 by Basic Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Among Miller's many encounters with Cubans ranging from teachers to cigar-makers to farmers, one of the most delightful is with Nitza Villapol, a TV-personality known as ``the Cuban Julia Child.'' At first somewhat truculent, Villapol soon mellows, and when she is reduced by food shortages to bro...

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Journalist Miller's account of over eight months spent traveling through Cuba details the daily life of the people from Havana to Guantanamo.

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But while the shortages were inescapable, Miller ( The Panama Hat Trail ) was impressed by the highly literate, lively people he met, the good libraries, the health care, the beauty of the landscape and the widespread devotion of the people to Castro, despite Cuba's increasing hardships.

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