"...Alan West-Duran has produced a magnificent reference book, of value to anyone working seriously on Cuba, as well as to the general reader; and it is one that, thanks to elegant and thoughtful essays, is eminently readable throughout."
-- Times Literary Supplement, May 2012
"This two-volume reference set contains entries on Cuba's art and literature, events, people, places, and other culturally significant aspects. West-Duran (languages, literatures, and cultures, Northeastern U.) draws together 29 longer survey articles, which focus on major topics, and 150 shorter and more focused counterpoint articles. Entry authors are scholars from both the US and Cuba."
--Reference and Research Book News, April 2012
"Cuba is designed as a 'panoramic portrait' with essays on themes like economics, food, literature, music, and sports, along with counterpoints...It does not shy away from more controversial topics, providing balanced discussions of the Cuban diasporas, the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Cuban embargo."
--Library Journal, February 2012