Cuba, Tesla, Sports | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2018

Ariosto, David. This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250176974. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250176981. HISTORY/CUBA Offered a two-year assignment in Cuba by CNN in summer 2009, Ariosto (currently managing editor of the digital news publisher Brut) headed south and discovered a scattering of tourists and the hard realities of police-state politics, embargo-induced scarcity, throwback Cold War sensibility, and the uncertainty that continues today. Good for understanding where we are. McKenzie, Hamish. Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil. Dutton. Nov.  2018. 304p. ISBN 9781101985953. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101985977. Downloadable.  BUSINESS A former tech reporter and now cofounder of the subscription publishing start-up Substack, McKenzie shows how Elon Musk (in insane leadership mode) has been building the electronic vehicle/solar panel company Tesla, which balances on a knife’s edge between financial crash and visionary, world-changing, environmentally sound success. Phillips, Rowan Ricardo. The Circuit. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374123772. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718671. SPORTS Who better than a multi-award-winning poet, and one writing graceful and disciplined verse at that, to cover the 2017 tennis season and show us that tennis is not a politely reserved sport but one in which we are edgily engaged? Phillips is also the Paris Review sports columnist, so he knows his stuff. Robinson, Joshua & Jonathan Clegg. The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports. Houghton Harcourt. Dec. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781328506450. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781328506474. SPORTS From Robinson, European sports correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, and Clegg, a WSJ editor, comes a story not so much about the game of soccer but the money angle: how secret meetings in 1992 updated the sport to a huge, modern entertainment arena where Russian oligarchs, Emirati sheikhs, and American and Asian magnates vie for control.

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