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The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream

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In 1998, a mysterious right-handed pitcher emerged from the ashes of the Cold War and helped lead the New York Yankees to a World Championship. His origins and even his age were uncertain. His name was Orlando El Duque Hernandez. He was a fallen hero of Fidel Castro's socialist revolution.

The chronicle of El Duque's triumph is at once a window into the slow death of Cuban
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Villard (first published January 1st 2001)
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the prose style is slightly too over-the-top for my taste. compiles many interviews and much information that probably no one else could have compiled and is really really informative. perhaps the best thing about this book for me was that it made me ask questions about how MLB handles players. if you pick this up expecting it to be about El Duque, then you're likely to be disappointed, as the first half of the book is more about his first agent, joe cubas, or about cuba in a general sense. the ...more
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A fascinating look behind the "wall" that the US tries to keep up around Cuba. This isn't just a story about a selfish ballplayer chasing money in the Major Leagues. When a high profile ballplayer defects, there are consequences for him and his family that often gets left behind. There is also a certain romanticized view of Cuba, with there cigars and old cars, but while extreme poverty and starvation are no longer an issue, people there often don't have much. And they certainly are not free.
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