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In this widely hailed book, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba's tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative. The company Facundo Bacardi, launched in Cuba in 1862, brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed, his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life. With his intimate account of their struggles and adventures across five generations, Gjelten brings to life the larger story of Cuba's fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the violent division of the Cuban nation.

©2017 Tom Gjelten (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • RRV
  • 29-10-2017

Brilliantly written , amazing performance .

A really wonderful story that not only tells the truth of Cuba ( I am Cuban born) but gives the reader a deep look in to the Bacardi family and its company.

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  • S. O.
  • 30-04-2019

Great!

This book is incredible. I loved every chapter. The history of scuba and Bacardi are intertwined beautifully.

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  • Gregory E Benoit
  • 21-02-2019

Incredible. Fascinating and enlightening

Absolutely fantastic. Explains so much of the history and politics of Cuba and of the Cuban exiles in the US. All while telling the story of the Bacardi family and company - a story fascinating on its own. Amazing.

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  • Laura
  • 27-11-2020

Nice idea but a bit of a snooze

I wanted to like this book but it’s hard to stay engaged. The reading is a bit monotonous and the writer spends a lot of time describing and revisiting the distillation process.

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  • Amelia E Jenkins
  • 22-06-2020

Good historical account

While this was a good historical account, there was more repetition in ideas and instances than necessary. And often the impact of the Barcardi family on events was lost in recounting if details. Interesting to learn more about the history of Cuba.

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  • Ana Hernandez
  • 08-05-2020

Good but need a real bilingual reader

As a 1st generation Cuban-American, I truly enjoyed hearing the history of Cuba from the Bacardi perspective. I do wish the reader was truly bilingual and not just someone who kind of knows Spanish. Some of his pronunciations of Spanish words made me cringe a little.

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  • Keeth Kipp
  • 18-07-2019

An incredible story

Perhaps one of the best books I’ve read/heard in years. Provides incredible detail on an incredible family and their company, that survived the destruction is their country. A story that has yet to play out.

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  • Deborah J. Leighton
  • 21-09-2018

Loved the book!

This was a fabulous book. I was unaware of the rich family history of the Bacardi family and heir Cuban struggles. Never knew Bacardi was originally a Cuban rum; and Bacardi was the first “hard liquor” I drank. I purchased the book for friends who have visited Cuba. I Highly recommend the audible version and the “read.” I did both, as the photos in the book are very helpful and provide context for the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2017

Powerful

My best friends are Cubans. I never understood the passion they speak with when it comes to Cuba and her history. After this book it opened my eyes to love of this island and her rum playing a major roll in a ever changing country.

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