September 18, 2009


Gjelten, Tom, Bacardi and The Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause (New York: Viking, 2008) (Interesting read. "Some exiles opposed contact with Cuba so rigidly as to suggest they had no sympathy for the position of ordinary Cubans who could not afford to take morally pure stands against the Castro regime. Was there something about living long and comfortably in the United States over time that had narrowed the exiles' thinking, making them less Cuban and more Americans? Jose Marti, writing from New York in 1881, considered whether the 'colossal nation' that was his adopted home contained 'ferocious and terrible' elements. 'Does the absence of the feminine spirit, source of artistic sensibility and complement to national identity, harden and corrupt the heart of this astonishing people?' he wondered." Id. at 365. That is a good question for all Americans to ask themselves, is it not?).