Recommended Resources About Cuba

HavanaHamelWebLearn more about Cuba with these reading, viewing, and listening recommendations.

(Many thanks to Eric Gettig and Kezia McKeague for their insight and contributions to this list.)

To Read:

Request these books from Durham Public Library, your favorite local bookseller, or any online retailer.


  • Samuel Farber, The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered
  • Richard Gott, Cuba: A New History 
  • Tom Gjelten, Bacardí and the Long Fight for Cuba
  • John Paul Rathbone, The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba's Last Tycoon
  • Yoani Sánchez, Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today
  • Linda Howe, Transgression and Conformity: Cuban Writers and Artists after the Revolution


  • Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban
  • Cristina Garcia (editor), Cubanisimo!: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature
  • Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (editor), Generation Zero: An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction
  • Cirilo Villaverde, Cecilia Valdes (a Cuban classic)
  • Jose Marti, Selected Writings

CubanGuitar webTo Watch:



  • Strawberry and Chocolate
  • Alice in Wondertown
  • Hello, Hemingway
  • Before Night Falls
  • The Lost City
  • The Mambo Kings

To Listen:

This list includes a mix of classical, afro-cuban jazz, boleros, and salsa musicians from Cuba's past and present. Links are to YouTube videos, but we highly recommend you explore these artists further and purchase the songs that move you the most.