From colony to Castro: learn more from Cuba (Unabridged).
©2005 Brian Latell; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[T]hose hungry for a greater understanding of Fidel's character and the complicated relationship between the Castro brothers will find priceless nuggets here." (Publishers Weekly)
"Few Americans understand Cuba, past, present, and future, better than Brian Latell. He has combined an old CIA hand's knowledge and insights with a clear, readable writer's touch to bring both Castros, Fidel and his enigmatic brother Raul, to life." (Newsweek)"Latell dispels many of the fallacies, myths, and legends about Fidel....Since existing biographical information on Raul Castro is sparse and scattered, the book takes on added value in bringing such material together....[A] readable narrative and an excellent addition to the growing literature on Cuba. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
Published in 2005, before Fidel stepped aside for Raul, the book provides an interesting portrait of the brothers and their relationship. It also provides some interesting insight into the work of US intelligence. The book assumes a basic knowledge of recent Cuban history.
Cuba is a fascinating country and the Castro brothers are very worthy of a book which objectively analyses what they have done in Cuba and elsewhere. Since 1958 when they overthrew the Batista regime (which had American backing) the Cuban government and people have achieved many things, e.g. free education for all (regardless of age or what is studied), virtually 100% literacy rates, a higher doctor to patient ratio than any western/developed country, it is a tropical country where tropical diseases have been eradicated. Nothing positive whatsoever gets a mention from the author. i could mention the fact that Fidel kicked out the mafia soon after taking power, the extremes of rich and poor in countries like America and more.
He was a CIA agent, specialising in Cuba and its leaders. Perhaps predictably, all he has done is toe the CIA/USA line - "Cuba is communist so it must be bad". For example, he talks about what Cuba sending soldiers to other countries to fight governments and encourage revolution, the fact that for many years Cuba sent thousands of doctors to many poorer countries and disaster zones around the worked merits less than a sentence. May I also point out that one of the governments that Cuban soldiers fought against was the evil and apartheid South African government.
Nothing. But I don't blame him. He's just reading the author's words.
Save your money. Buy, for example, The Motor Cycle Diaries and find out why revolution was deemed necessary and the dreadful conditions of the working class/poor in South America then (and perhaps now). I'm no communist but I am capable of being objective, unlike the author. I might even ask for my money back on this book.
"Very Informative Read"
Every American should listen to this audio book. The author does a great job of explaining the Castor brothers from their childhood to current positions as world leaders. Well written and well read by the narrator.
"Cuba's Going To Be Changin'"
I really enjoyed this book and found it gave a lot of historical overview as well as a good peek at what's to come. I feel for the Cuban people in that there will be so much catching up for them to do in order to come into the modern world of things.
"Will Fidel Castro Be The Last Man Standing?"
The author, Brian Latell, does a fabulous job in telling the journey of Fidel Castro from an upstart rebel to a revolutionary figure who dared take a stand against the powerful neighbor to the north in the United States. Who would have thought that he would outlast US Presidents and other world leaders throughout the last 50 years!
The Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy's, the heated rhetoric between the two neighboring countries of the US and Cuba, this dynamic has been in place for the last couple of generations.
Although he is in the twilight of his life and the curtain is closing quickly, he is still a figure and personality to be dealt with. Even though he has passed the daily powers of running Cuba on to his "not much younger" brother, Raul, several years ago, Fidel is still the person who we all readily attach to Cuba and it has been that way for half a century.
Things will change in a hurry (if not drastically) when the Castro Brother exit from the world stage, question is, how will the United States react and behave when the inevitable happens to the Castro Brothers and Cuba is under new leadership.
Hugo Chavez from Venezuela, just left this world recently, so things are always changing and the United States has to be ready.
A great read for history buffs, current event buffs, political buffs and good reading buffs! I highly recommend this book!
I would recommend this to anyone who is really interested in knowing the true nature of Castro( Fidel)
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