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Get to know the ups and downs of Havana. 

Are you planning to visit Havana for your next vacation or to cool off your brain as you learn about Havana’s culture and history? Have you heard many confusing stories about Havana, or worse still, learned for several weeks without getting the real picture of Havana in your previous learning escapades?  

This audiobook, History of Havana: Cuba Libre! Havana’s History from Christopher Columbus to Fidel Castro, by Carlos Fernando Alvarez, is the right resource to quench your historical thirst on Havana.  

This audiobook details the discovery and establishment of Havana and shows the people behind Havana’s establishment and the specific timelines. It also captures the location, the colonial masters, and the activities therein.  

Havana was and still is one of the most strategic and adventurous city in the world. Havana has a lot of history to give to the world. Despite the difficulties, Havana was and still is able to compete with other major cities.  

As I said in this audiobook, the economic experts estimate that tourism will be able to produce 12 percent of the country’s total GDP. This could be true, if a saying by the former president (Fidel Castro) is anything by which to go. 

Fidel Castro said tourism could save Cuba as a country. In 2008, an all-time high tourism record tipped to nearly 2.7 billion. With the emergence of foreign investors, primarily investing in the hospitality industry, the tourism index is set to rise to new levels. 

More income will be required though to take care of the city’s infrastructure. The city is having a face-lift to attain the status of a modern tourist destination hub, with around 10 percent under rehabilitation. There is still more work that needs attention in order to reap maximum benefits from tourism.

©2018 Carlos Fernando Alvarez (P)2018 Carlos Fernando Alvarez

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basic guide


Info is very basic. A little web searching would find it all, but a good resource if you want a small printed copy for your trip.

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I’ve been to Havana before and found this guide to be a great starting point. A couple of less mentioned activities here that help a visitor enjoy the culture.

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Very informative

Good information. Will be helpful to read before a trip to Cuba.Very informative.This book gives you a clear explanation about history of Havana.

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Great story telling

Substantive account of history unknown to most Americans. Good preparation for visitors who want to go deeper than average people to people trips.

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I did not know that

I wanted to learn more about the politics and history of the island. This book is exactly what I wanted. It is extensive and detailed, giving me a better understanding of a country that is only a short distance from the US.

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Good and Realistic!!!

This book simply introduced me to a fascinating part of history that I'd never considered before. I highly recommend it for any fan of history, mob stories, or stories of revolution, it's got all three in spades.

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Enjoyable journey

This was an entertaining book and is now making me be on the look out for more historical information about an amazing country/island that is so close, yet so far from the United States.

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Not worth it

Multiple references to Havana in South America, absolute omission of Spanish American War, very little reference to the 1800s.

Aside from complex castle and fortress naming, extremely poor in content and no context.

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great book

Great book in audible format, it includes all the links to useful websites and is a good summary of practical and cultural information. Highly recommended

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I definitely would recommend this book

An Amazingly rich book about the incredible political and artistic history of a city that has long been the focus and conduit of all the revolutionary struggles of the people.