La Otra Cuba

2By Stephen Heyman
New York Times

Post-Fidel anticipation has tourists flocking to Cuba to bask in the sunset of the revolution: the patched-together Studebakers, the stuck-in-time streetscapes. But visitors often leave without a real sense of the island’s rich, pre-Communist past, much less its inscrutable present. Michael Connors’s Splendor of Cuba(Rizzoli, $85) catalogs the country’s 450-year architectural history, casting a rosy eye on exquisitely preserved examples of Spanish-Creole colonial style.