• Fantasy Island

  • Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico
  • By: Ed Morales
  • Narrated by: Sean Duffy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A crucial, clear-eyed accounting of Puerto Rico's 122 years as a colony of the US.

Since its acquisition by the US in 1898, Puerto Rico has served as a testing ground for the most aggressive and exploitative US economic, political, and social policies. The devastation that ensued finally grew impossible to ignore in 2017, in the wake of Hurricane María, as the physical destruction compounded the infrastructure collapse and trauma inflicted by the debt crisis. In Fantasy Island, Ed Morales traces how, over the years, Puerto Rico has served as a colonial satellite, a Cold War Caribbean showcase, a dumping ground for US manufactured goods, and a corporate tax shelter. He also shows how it has become a blank canvas for mercenary experiments in disaster capitalism on the frontlines of climate change, hamstrung by internal political corruption and the US federal government's prioritization of outside financial interests.

Taking listeners from San Juan to New York City and back to his family's home in the Luquillo Mountains, Morales shows us the machinations of financial and political interests in both the US and Puerto Rico, and the resistance efforts of Puerto Rican artists and activists. Through it all, he emphasizes that the only way to stop Puerto Rico from being bled is to let Puerto Ricans take control of their own destiny, going beyond the statehood-commonwealth-independence debate to complete decolonization.

©2019 Ed Morales (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The hurricanes, the debt, the depopulation. Ed Morales has written an urgent, fascinating, and impassioned portrait of Puerto Rico, the world's oldest colony." (Daniel Immerwahr, author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States)

"Ed Morales has put together a compelling indictment of U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico, based on journalistic and academic sources as well as his personal experiences as a New York-born Puerto Rican who cares deeply about his ancestral homeland. His work is an engaging, compassionate, well-documented, and crisply written analysis of the political, economic, and demographic downturn of the Island, after more than a decade of economic recession and almost two years since hurricane Maria." (Jorge Duany, author of Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know)

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Gringo Narrattion

The content of this audiobook would have been better served by having the Author narrate his own book instead using gringo narrator who’s attempt at pronouncing Latin words took away from my passion to connect author and his message.

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confusing take aways

the social side of the book is very informative, but as the book creeps on the economic side it doesn't know how to assign blame, responsibility or understanding. At some points, it acknowledged that the government has been corrupt and incompetent, but then does a 180 and blames neo liberalism for the situation and government you have more control. All of this while arguing against the US government and for it to intervene and leave alone.

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Needed just a bit more fluency...

Loved it! it was very informative. Though I wish the narrator was more fluent in Spanish so as not to mispronounce words or mess up names of groups like Calle 13 that is actually read Calle Trece NOT "Calle Thirteen." There were also one too many times where the reading was obvious and run-on.

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wow just wow

I was thoroughly impressed. very informative. well written. Pa'lante mi gente!!! required reading for all Puertorriqueños