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Havana : portrait of a city
Barclay, Juliet.
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London : Cassell Illustrated, 2003.

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223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles (some color), maps (some color), portraits (some color) ; 28 cm
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Originally published: London: Cassell, 1993.
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F1799.H357 B37 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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From its historic forts to its lushly tropical courtyards, from the city squares to the statues and fountains, take a captivating tour through the city of Havana. Magnificent color photographs capture the well-known spots and uncover the quiet corners; vintage black-and-white images showcase the important explorers who changed the course of Cuba's development, as well as landmarks of the past. A fascinating history traces life in Havana from the early 16th century to its heyday in the 19th . Information for the traveler guides the would-be tourist to this newly "in" holiday destination, made popular by the mainstream success of films and music, including the Buena Vista Social Club. It's a lovely tribute to the most extravagantly beautiful city in the Caribbean.

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Library Journal Review

If only all history books were this good. Barclay's work on Havana still holds up in a revised edition appearing ten years after the original publication. In clear, easy-to-read prose, Barclay, a journalist and designer, captures the history of this mysterious and fascinating city from the early 16th century through the 19th century. And what a history it is, encompassing explorers, settlers, and pirates, nobility, slavery, and curious travelers. But the photos by architectural photographer Charles are what really make this book. We vividly see Havana's city squares, palaces, fortresses, and churches, and a good number of vintage images reveal how the city has changed and progressed. The only aspect missing is the 20th century. Everyone knows that in the first half of the 20th century, Havana was Las Vegas without laws; the second half was revolutionary boom and bust. But perhaps that is another book. All in all, Barclay's words ring true: "A passing acquaintance with Havana becomes a lifelong attachment." Recommended for all public libraries.-Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.