Author recounts Bacardi’s 150-year history in Cuba
A packed crowd in the Coral Gables Museum’s community room heard NPR correspondent and author Tom Gjetlen discuss his book Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba on Thursday evening, Jan. 24.
The presentation, sponsored by Northern Trust, was held in conjunction with the exhibit “Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art and Identity,” which follows the stages of the company’s development and is on view through Feb. 17.
Gjelten’s widely hailed book, released in August 2009, fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba’s tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative.
The company Facundo Bacardi launched in Cuba in 1862 brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life.
With his intimate account of their struggles and adventures across five generations, Gjelten’s book brings to life the larger story of Cuba’s fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the violent division of the Cuban nation.