Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives” as Want to Read:
This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Beyond the throngs of tourists streaming through Central Havana’s broad Prado Avenue, and outside the yoke of Castro’s 43-year-old Revolutionary program, there exists a parallel Cuba – a separate evolution of a people struggling to survive. With personal stories that depict a people torn between following the directives of their government and finding a way to better their ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 16th 2002 by Basic Books (first published 2002)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about This Is Cuba, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about This Is Cuba

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 252)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Ricardo Ribeiro
This is an awfully biased book. I don't really know what else I can write in a review of it. Reading the preface is like reading a statement from the US State Department. I couldn't go much further. I really dislike this kind of open propaganda spiced with prejudice and probably lack of knowledge. It made me raise an eyebrow when I noticed the author visited Cuba for the first time in 1998 and the book was published four years later... sounds like a tourist decided to write a 320 pages about Cub ...more
The best parts of this book allow you to view Cuba through Ben Corbett's eyes. He exhibits a gift for painting verbal pictures and capturing a moment, a scene, an experience on paper. Each chapter of this book begins with such a scene, though at times not quite so skillfully as in others.

If capturing the present in words is the author's gift, however, his curse is his grasp of cause and effect. When describing Cuba's past and what has led to this (now decade old) point, he often confuses anteced
Jeff Kelleher
There are hundreds of books on the fruits Castro's revolution. Read this one.

The case for freedom is not made by logic. From Plato, to Hobbes, to Lenin, to Oscar Lange, powerful arguments stand against it. Nor by ideology. The apostles of freedom have to concede the venality of man and the fractiousness of politics. Utopians can conjure sweeter visions.

Freedom often does not do well in the contest of music and poetry, either. "The Internationale" and the "Sandinista Hymn", to name just two, are
May 05, 2008 Martina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in Cuba.
This is one of my favorite books. I am still re-reading chapters that I dog eared. I have been interested in Cuba for a while (history, politcs, art, music, society) but nothing I have read has come close to being as comprehensive and intelligently written as this book. Corbett visits all aspects of Cuban life and paints a vibrant portrait of an incredibly complex country. He carefully and clearly exposes a lot of misconceptions about the island and doesn't pull any punches when it comes to disc ...more
It's difficult to believe that the Cuban people live in a Communist dictatorship devoid of any human warmth or happiness, likewise it's impossible to believe that they live in veritable utopia. I imagine the truth lies somewhere in the middle and I think Corbett has addressed that.
He handles the volatile subject of Cuba with an even hand, discussing everything from the 1959 revolution to music to the black market. I can't help but wonder though, how would this book read if written by an actual C
It's been quite awhile since I've read this book, so I can't remember all the good or bad things about it. Two issues I remember having were the title is a misnomer as all but one chapter is dedicated to Havana, omitting much about the rest of life in Cuba; and he spoke with only one pro-Castro person, which could either mean no one really supports Castro and what he stood for, or it is a very one-sided book. I do remember, however, liking Corbett's writing style and the people he introduced to ...more
I've had this for awhile - after reading Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana I wanted to learn more about Cuban culture. An interesting read, although not knowing Cuban history it is a little hard to follow. The author sprinkles it throughout, but I could have used a timeline or summary at the beginning to gain some context.
Great information about Cuba in 2002. Not sure how much is the same today. Certainly in the epilogue where Corbett says that Raul will never take his brother's place is not true, so what else?
I loved this book and not just because I work for Wal-Mart. Sam was one of a kind.
i am OBSESSED with this country.
Molan Marius
Molan Marius marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2015
Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Deborah Kelley-Milburn marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2015
Paige marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2015
Theresa marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2015
James Wheat
James Wheat marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2015
Blessing Ananti
Blessing Ananti marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2015
Rhonda added it
Jul 01, 2015
Denise added it
Jun 16, 2015
Francisco Hilario
Francisco Hilario marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2015
Paige marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2015
Martina marked it as to-read
Apr 10, 2015
Katie marked it as to-read
Apr 07, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Trading With The Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba
  • The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse
  • Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class
  • Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
  • What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order
  • Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
  • The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History
  • The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
  • Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis
  • Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
  • Food Politics
  • Making Malcolm: The Myth And Meaning Of Malcolm X
  • The Culture of War
  • Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence"
  • The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes
  • Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization
  • Web of Debt
  • Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives Cargo: Along The Perilous And Bloody Trail Of Human Trafficking Gonzo

Share This Book