A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

By: Mark Kurlansky (author)Paperback

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In this richly detailed portrait of the individual countries and peoples of the Caribbean, Mark Kurlansky brings to life a society and culture often kept hidden from foreigners--the arts, history, politics, and economics of the region, as well as the vivid day-to-day lives of its citizens. From the Newyoriccans of Levittown, Puerto Rico; to the state-salaried popular musicians of Cuba; to the practitioners of good political hurricanemanship (who know how to stretch statistics to bring in relief funds), A Continent of Islands paints portraits that will prove equally fascinating to tourists who know the Caribbean only as a string of beach resorts, and to readers curious about U.S. efforts to influence its neighbors.

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Mark Kurlansky has reported on the Caribbean for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.


* Introduction * The Curse * Old Gods and Satellite Dishes * Color-Coded Nations * Sacrifice and the Revolution * Why Damballah Left * Bajan Burgers * Prophets and Profits * The Goats, the Sheep, and the Ugly Time * Two Ways of Looking at It * A Hint of Vanilla * Too Strong a Word * The Good Election * Death by Pepper Sauce * The Tenth Man * The Diaspora * Don Pedro in Levittown * The Cookie Theory of Underdevelopment * In Search of France * History Returns * The Continent (Table) * Suggested Reading

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/02/1993
  • ISBN13: 9780201622317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780201622317
  • weight: 485
  • ISBN10: 0201622319

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