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Fidel: A Critical Portrait
by Tad Szulc
Never before has any biographer had such close access to Fidel Castro as did NY Times correspondent Tad Szulc. The outcome of a long, direct relationship, this riveting portrait reveals astonishing exclusive information about Cuba, the revolution & the notorious, larger-than-life leader who has ruled his country with an iron fist for over 40 years. Only Tad Szule could ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 703 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by William Morrow & Company, Inc. (NYC)
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Feb 02, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Being for somes years married to a deaf woman, I became active in the disabled rights movement back in the time when public transport and facilities were only rarely accessible to persons in wheelchairs. During that period, Jim Charlton, a quadraplegic recently appointed a member of the Chicago Transit Authority Board by Mayor Harold Washington, was working on a study of access in third world countries. He and a group of fellow activists travelled together to Cuba to study how that poor country ...more
I didn't find this book particularly engaging, but the simple facts of Castro's life were enough to keep Fidel: A Critical Portrait interesting. Szulc begins with a section seemingly intended to psychoanalyze Castro to some extent, and I had a hard time finding a rhythm through these initial 50 or 60 pages. After that, Szulc settled into a standard chronology of Castro's youth, college years, revolutionary activities, and finally his leadership of Cuba. This edition of the book was published in ...more