Fidel Castro: A Biography

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Wiley, Apr 2, 2004 - History - 488 pages
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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.

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?

In this remarkable, up-to-date reconstruction of Castro's life, Volker Skierka addresses these questions and provides an account of the economic, social, and political history of Cuba since Castro's childhood. He draws on a number of little-known sources, including material from the East German communist archives on Cuba, which were until recently inaccessible.

This is an exciting, painstakingly researched, and authortiative account of the life of one of the most extraordinary political figures of our time.

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User Review  - Rick Brindle - Goodreads

An excellent, informative history of Fidel Castro. It will probably just reinforce your own view of him, good or bad, but that's not the fault of the book, that's just the way Fidel is. I was a fan ... Read full review

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User Review  - Babar Ali - Goodreads

I have really enjoyed this book.Whatever ones opinion of Castro is,admiration for the Cuban nation cannot be helped.I was a fan of Castro before I read the book and remain so after. The book explain ... Read full review

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References to this book

Fidel Castro's Cuba
Rita J. Markel
Limited preview - 2007

About the author (2004)

Volker Skierka is a journalist and author based in Germany.

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