Fidel Castro

A Captivating Guide to a Cuban Communist Revolutionary Who Served as the President of Cuba for Over 30 Years
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Explore the captivating history of Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro. Depending on whom you ask, the name can inspire revulsion, hatred, admiration, incredulity, awe, fear, or even love. His story is one that has changed the course of the history of the world and the face of the island of Cuba.

Castro was more than just a politician. His is a story that involves heroic voyages through turbulent oceans, affairs with young women from all over the world, spies, assassins, betrayal, conquest, riots, and battles. He was controversial, inimitable, cruel, courageous, stubborn, disrespectful of human rights, and utterly indomitable. But most of all, he never gave up. And this is his story.

In Fidel Castro: A Captivating Guide to a Cuban Communist Revolutionary Who Served as the President of Cuba for Over 30 Years, you will discover topics such as:

  • An Unlikely Leader
  • Becoming El Comandante
  • First Taste of Revolution
  • A New York Honeymoon
  • Sparking the Revolution
  • History Will Absolve Me
  • The Cuban Revolution
  • Clashing with Uncle Sam
  • Failure
  • A Cuba Without Castro
  • And much, much more!

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So Far So Good

As one of the thousands of the Cuban non-political middle class who had to flee Cuba leaving everything behind including family, who not only experienced and suffered Castro's rise to power first hand, and whose family and himself personally knew quite a few of the persons which the book makes reference to; I, would not edit anything in this book.

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Grab It

This is an excellent biography of one of the 20th centuries most important guerrilla leaders. After you read this book you'll wish as many Cubans and Cuban-Americans do that Fidel had just taken his law degree and gotten involved with a legitimate nonviolent political party in Cuba.

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Impressive author

This is obviously a well-researched book. Sometimes a little "heavy" in depth and to extreme detail, however the detailed account of his younger years helps to understand the type of person he is! In power for over 30 years (longer than any contemporary leader) Quirk gives a good insight to how such a person strategically thinks and the effect of charisma.

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Its Good

It is funny how some outsiders can go to the island and leave "experts", simply because they spoke to a few people. You have to live many years in Cuba to really know how oppressive Castro's regime has been.

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Interesting Book

This book gives an accurate portrayal of Castro's life. As a Cuban who has suffered under his heavy hand, I have to say the author does a good job. Castro's regime after 40 years is as brutal as ever with numerous crackdown on political dissidents every day.

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This book provides an interesting vantage point to look at the past 60 years. I recommend this book.

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Interesting


Interesting, engaging autobiography in question-and-answer format. We get to read Castro's thoughts and personal history aired during a 100-hour interview by a French writer without the influence or self-editing that might have occurred had he been interviewed by an American writer.

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Excellent audiobook. It's a little more than an autobiography. A lot of background information. I recommend it.

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Informative

Very informative and gives you clear insight into what made Fidel the revolutionary he became. You become much more aware of social and political exploitation and the means that were and still are necessary to end inequality.

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I Loved It

An indictment of our mainstream media in their attempts to demonize Castro. Read historic details that you will not find anywhere else.

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  • Theodore
  • 01-28-19

Very Complete

A very thorough and objective analysis of Fidel Castro, however favorably or unfavorably one may view the subject as a person and public figure. Fidel was of course a very complicated individual with more than his share of inconsistencies, contradictions, and weaknesses, as well as strengths and accomplishments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-19

Short but sweet

Quick and straight to the point history lesson on Castro and easy to listen to the narrator.

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  • Choljen
  • 01-28-19

Well Done

The author, having known Castro and having been granted a number of interviews, tries hard and succeeds at being objective. Castro who had met great resistance from the old communist party of Cuba eventually accepted aid and advice from Soviet Russia.

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  • Emily Lola
  • 01-28-19

A Great Book

This is a great book! I do think it is up to the reader to analyze the information condensed in this book. They are all from outside perspectives. Still, I believe the book provides a good well rounded image of what Castro really is all about.

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  • Scarlett Tom
  • 01-28-19

Good History Book

This book is a very well written analysis of Castro's regime as well as his personal methods of operation. It does an excellent job of helping to understand what makes him tick. However, it is extremely slanted toward the anti-Castro Miami Cuban community, and virtually ignores the black Cubans.

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  • Black A
  • 01-28-19

I Recommend this book

I bet that it and the rest of this excellent biography will be of interest to you. Pick it up now, and learn the full story of one of the evilest and charismatic men of the 20th century.

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  • Poppy
  • 01-28-19

Oh So Good

This book gives you a view inside the political and military decision making of the Cuba communist regime. It is incredible to see how every major decision is controlled and dictated personally by Fidel Castro himself. The so-called Revolution is really nothing more than Fidel Castro's personal wishes and views

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  • William
  • 01-28-19

Very Detailed account

This bio focuses a bit more on gossipy stuff than one might like, but it hits the high points as well. The huge question that was simply neglected here was that, after Castro's failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953 that began his legend as a revolutionary hero, most of the other participants were tortured and killed by the dictator Batista.

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  • Nathan
  • 01-28-19

Lovely Overiew

You could read this and feel that you have covered every relevant part of his life and then some. If you want to understand how Cuba was transformed into what it is today this is essential reading. Highly recommend.

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  • Charlie
  • 01-28-19

Excellent


This is the best written biography of Fidel Castro. It covers almost all of his life focusing mostly on the political and military aspects. If you want to get a sense of society as a whole, I would recommend reading Fidel Castro by Quirk but otherwise this is an excellent start to Castro's life.