Havana Before Castro author invited to book festival

As the great reviews continue pouring in, Peter Moruzzi, author of Havana Before Castro, received a coveted invitation to speak at the Miami International Book Festival in November. While in Florida, the author is planning several slide show/lectures and signings throughout the area. For updated information, log on to http://www.havanabeforecastro.com/

Speaking of reviews, here are a few worth noting:

“A jaunty, poignant portrait of the city in its pre-revolutionary heyday as a Caribbean playground. [The book] goes a long way toward filling in the mental picture of a city that has been enticingly evoked by movies such as "Our Man in Havana" (1959) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974).”

– The Wall Street Journal

“If you’re looking for images, “Havana Before Castro” has them in bulk. Peter Moruzzi’s infatuation with Cuba is illustrated in grand and grandiose style. It’s a pop-culture potpourri.”

– Newsday

“[The book] really put me there: It made me feel like I was staying in towering modernist hotels, ogling dancing girls at nightclubs like the Montmartre, swilling mojitos with Graham Greene and Meyer Lansky, and tapping my toes to the Orquestra Arag√≥n.”

– Los Angeles Times

“The glamour of Old Cuba with its music, nightlife, culture and tropical beauty is perfectly expressed in these pages.”

– Desi Arnaz Jr.

“…[includes] scores of photos that feature mid-century modern architecture – still the best, if you ask my opinion.”

– Tampa Tribune

“A beautiful book that is a wonderful visual complement to 'Havana Nocturne.' It's easy to picture Havana in the 1950s because so much remains unchanged -- the cars, the clothes, the casinos waiting for a new government.”

– The Oregonian

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