Andy Moriarty

Los Angeles, California United States
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  • This Is Cuba

  • An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
  • By: David Ariosto
  • Narrated by: David Ariosto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime - a two-year assignment in Havana. For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana’s empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island’s subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Ariosto has done a great job with this.

  • By Andy Moriarty on 12-13-18

David Ariosto has done a great job with this.

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Reviewed: 12-13-18

I have spent a lot of time in Cuba myself and wondered why no one has done a book like this before. The answer (I suspect) is that journalists affiliated with a network or newspaper, can not write about what they see and experience in Cuba without risking their accreditation and losing accreditation for their entire network. So Mr. Ariosto wrote this AFTER leaving Cuba and after leaving his job with CNN, therefore not putting his own job or CNN's accreditation at risk. Being in Cuba often feels like being in another dimension, an alternate universe, and Mr. Ariosto has nailed this. I hope to see more work from Mr. Ariosto on other conflict situations in the future. He also did a really good job on the reading. So this book has my recommendation. For reference I am the author of the graphic novel Ticket to Havana which is available on Amazon and on

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