Fidel Castro A Biography
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Description: Fidel Castro is one of the most interesting and controversial personalities of our time - he has become a myth and an icon. He was the first Cuban Caudillo - the man who freed his country from dependence on the USA and who lead his people to rediscover their national identity and pride. Castro has outlived generations of American presidents and Soviet leaders. He has survived countless assassination attempts by the CIA, the Mafia, and Cubans living in exile. He has become one of the greatest politicians of the 20th Century. His biography, and the history of his country exemplify the tensions between East and West, North and South, rich and poor. In this up-to-date reconstruction of Castro's life story, Volker Skierka provides an account of the economic, social and political history of Cuba since Castro's childhood. It draws on a number of little known sources, including material from archives of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) which were until recently inaccessible. The author succeeds in creating an exciting, painstakingly researched account of the contradictions in the life and work of Castro. Skierka does not indulge in revolutionary romanticism, avoiding the usual cliches about Cuba's devotion to the Soviet Union. As Castro's life draws to a close, the question as to what will become of Cuba is more important that ever. Will Castro open Cuba to economic reform and democratization, or stick to his old slogan "socialism or death"?
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 8/11/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
|List of plates|
|A Note of Thanks|
|Preface to the English Edition|
|The Heroic Myth|
|The Young Fidel|
|The Young Revolutionary|
|Storm and stress: Moncada|
|""Che"", the Argentinean|
|Stormy crossing on the Granma|
|A guerillero in the Sierra Maestra.321 against 10,000|
|The Young Victor|
|Communists and ""barbudos"".1,500 revolutionary laws|
|Old Enemies, New Friends|
|The great powers at the gates|
|The CIA, the Mafia and the Bay of Pigs|
|""Mongoose"" and ""Anadyr"".Th|