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A Continent Of Islands

Searching For The Caribbean Destiny

Mark Kurlansky

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"A penetrating analysis of the social, political, sexual, and cultural worlds that exist behind the four-color Caribbean travel posters. . . . Page after page of highly original insights."--Kirkus Reviews

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.

Da Capo Press, 9780201622317, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 1993



About the Author

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