It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro’s enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south.
As Didion follows Miami’s drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.
Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, and now lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and over ten previous books of nonfiction, including South and West: From a Notebook, Blue Nights, We Tell Ourselves Stories… More about Joan Didion
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Published by Vintage Sep 29, 1998| 240 Pages| 5-3/16 x 8| ISBN 9780679781806