Havana Before Castro by Peter Moruzzi is a nostalgia-packed volume of history and images of a Cuba not really known by the present. From the Spanish colonial period through its days as a playground for the wealthy and the post war boom in tourism, Cuban history is depicted in words and pictures. The music scene, nightlife, food and drink and even the Mob are all commemorated in a roundup of illustrations, posters and photos of days gone by. Cuban architecture and the life of the Habaneros is also covered in this book rich in cultural memories.
Paperback 256 pages, Gibbs Smith, 2008. $19.80 at Amazon.