Print shows Uncle Sam in the role of the “Noble Hero” in a melodrama, defending a young woman labeled “Cuba” from the “Heavy Villain” labeled “Spain”.
Bacardi and the long fight for Cuba : the biography of a cause Tom Gjelten New York : Viking, 2008 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 413 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Print shows a head labeled “Cuban Moloch”, which is probably meant to suggest a demonic figure, with it’s mouth open wide to swallow a flotilla of Spanish ships headed toward Cuba; a frightened young King Alfonso XIII of Spain cowers on a throne in the lower right corner among mounting “Debts”, an empty strong box, a broken sword labeled “Spain”, orb, scepter, and a tattered Spanish flag. The “Moloch” reaches a hand out, across the ocean, toward the still child-like Alfonso.
The Bacardis of Cuba, builders of a rum distillery and a worldwide brand, came of age with their nation and helped define what it meant to be Cuban. Across five generations, the Bacardi family has held fast to its Cuban identity, even in exile from the country for whose freedom they once fought. Now Gjelten tells the dramatic story of one family, its business, and its nation, a 150-year tale with the sweep and power of an epic.
Illustration shows a well-dressed woman, holding a fan labeled “Cuba”, accepting the arm of Uncle Sam rather than going over to a well-dressed Cuban man wearing a sash labeled “Revolution.”
The Bacardi clan – patriots and bon vivants, entrepreneurs and intellectuals – provided an example of business and civic leadership in its homeland for nearly a century. From the fight for Cuban independence from Spain in the 1860s to the rise of Fidel Castro and beyond, there is no chapter in Cuban history in which the Bacardis have not played a role.
Instead of intervening in Cuba and South America, why not ship the revolutions to Coney Island and let us all get some fun out of them? Two performances daily, with the original casts and costumes. Illustration shows a ship at a loading dock in Cuba or South America where they are shipping their revolutions, with scenery, military equipment, and personnel, to Coney Island. There is organization and composure in the boarding of the ship as revolutionaries and soldiers await their turns.
In chronicling the saga of this remarkable family and the company that bears its name, Gjelten describes the intersection of business and power, family and politics, community and exile. A unique history of Cuba, captured in the life and times of the famous rum dynasty.
Print shows a female figure labeled “Cuba” on one knee appealing to Uncle Sam for a continued American presence in Cuba, as a means to prevent “Famine, Pestilence, War, [and] Revolt” and for providing “Prosperity” and “Peace”, and trade in such products as “Tobacco, Cigars, Sugar, Coffee, [and] Fruit”.