Americans Can't Get Enough F'd Up Miami and Cuban History
Who knows? But Americans popular fascination with Cuba and its Miami exile community seems higher than ever.
To wit: The New York Times' annual 100 Notable Books of the Year came out on Sunday, and a couple best-sellers about the Miami-Cuban connection made the cut.
"Bacardi and the Long Fight For Cuba" tells the story -- as you might have guessed -- of Miami-based rum giant Bacardi and the eponymous family's personal crusade against the Castro brothers who drove them out of their homeland. And it's a pretty insane story. One company director, living in Miami and pissed about the Bay of Pigs, went so far as to buy a B-26 bomber and commission a crew for personal bombing missions over Cuba.
"Telex From Cuba," a novel, is set in the wealthy United Fruit Company enclave as the Castros plot a revolution in the hillsides.
Just to top it all off, "Che" -- Stephen Soderberg's 3-hour epic about everyone's favorite chic revolutionary -- is supposed to premiere later this week in Miami Beach.
-- Tim Elfrink