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Tom Miller
Trading with the Enemy

Original Airdate: June 26, 1993


About the Author

Tom Miller is an American author from Washington D.C known for his travel literature. He started to write for SunDance magazine in 1969, and wrote his first book “The Assassination Please Almanac,” in 1975. His book, “Jack Ruby’s Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Portraits of American’s Southwest,” won the 2000 Lowell Thomas Award for “Best Travel Book of the Year.” He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian and many others. He has also edited anthologies about the Cuban and Mexican borders, and contributed heavily to the four-volume “Encyclopedia Latina” and the compilation “The Best of La Bamba.” The University of Arizona mounted a major exhibit of his work, and he has served as an adjunct research associate in the Latin American Area center since 1990. In 2008, the City of Quito proclaimed Tom Miller “Un Huésped llustre” (An Illustrious Guest) for his literary contribution to Ecuador.


About this Book

"Trading with the Enemy" is about six months in Cuba, described with humor, integrity and insight. The title is drawn from the name of the U.S. law that forbids contact between North American citizens and their southern neighbors. As a journalist, Miller received a dispensation from the ban and brings his own enthusiasms along on his journey, traveling for a while with a Cuban baseball team and studying the oboe with a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Among Miller's many encounters with Cubans ranging from teachers to cigar-makers to farmers. One of the most delightful is with Nitza Villapol, a TV-personality known as "the Cuban Julia Child."


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