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The Obama administration’s move to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after a half-century-long standoff has left many Americans wanting to learn more about the island nation. Tom Gjelten’s 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, is an excellent place to start. In his page-turning narrative, Gjelten tells the story of Cuba’s tumultuous history through the prism of the famous Bacardi family. As they grew their rum empire, the Bacardi clan became intimately involved in almost every major political development to take place in the country, from its fight for independence to Fidel Castro’s rise and beyond. Gjelten’s impeccably researched book is a can’t-miss for those who are curious about our Caribbean neighbors, or who simply love well-written history.

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