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“Some day, I hope everyone gets a chance to explore Havana, both old and new. In the meantime, this book can take you there.”
Marvin R. Shanken
Editor & Publisher
Cigar Aficionado magazine
May 23, 2008
An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on mid-century Modern architecture and design. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1961 and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs, California. He has been obsessed with the history of Cuba since 1987.
Old Havana comes alive through engaging writing and hundreds of images -- archival photos, posters, and other memorabilia -- beautifully married throughout the book's 256 pages. See for yourself by downloading these excerpts (from chapters 6 and 12): "Drinking, Dining, and Dancing" (1,084 KB) and "Havana Riviera" (1,457 KB).
Through vintage and contemporary photographs, brochures, and artifacts evocative of time and place, Havana Before Castro tells the story of the city that was the most popular exotic destination for Americans during the forty years between World War I and Castro’s revolution.