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)
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.
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.
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)
"A bit dated but good"
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.
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