Cuba, More or Less: Travel, Faith and Life in the Waning Years of the Castro Regime

By Zachary Reid

When the waning days of the Castro regime meet the diplomatic ambition of President Barack Obama, strange things happen on the island. Charge up San Juan Hill with two priests in a Kia, and you know the world is changing. In Cuba, the changes are coming fast and furious. Except when they're not and the priest still has to fly to the U.S. to get parts for his car.

In six trips to Cuba, newspaper reporter, international outreach practitioner, lifelong agnostic and oddly trusted self-styled emissary of the Episcopal Church Zachary Reid put together a story that shows Cuba for everything that it is, and isn't, at the dawn of a political change that has been decades in the making.

Reid traveled the island top to bottom and side-to-side, often alone, occasionally in groups, once in a Russian SUV that literally fell apart in his hands, always with his eyes tuned to what life was like for the people away from the politics. At time insightful, at times cranky, is a trip through the Cuba that doesn't show up on package tours or in newspaper stories.

"A vivid portrait of America's alluring neighbor, Cuba, More of Less demonstrates the profound impact of isolation on the Cuban people and the comfort they sought in church, at great risk, after Castro's regime outlawed religion." -Kristen Green, author of New York Times best seller "Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County" "I've been to Cuba twice now, once on my own, and once with this book." -David L. Robbins, author of The Devil's Horn and The Low Bird "Like the people and stories it describes, Cuba, More or Less resists simple characterizations. It is simultaneously deeply thoughtful and genuinely entertaining, and adeptly portrays a place and culture that are rich in history and meaning." -Andrew R. H. Thompson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Ethics, The School of Theology, The University of the South.


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Publisher Koehler Books
Publish date 03/20/2016
Pages 236
ISBN-13 9781633932265
ISBN-10 1633932265
Language English