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The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This dramatic story of how a "New York Times" reporter helped Castro come to power offers illuminating insight into the fraught history of Cuban-American relations and the precarious balance between truth and myth
ebook, 329 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by PublicAffairs (first published January 1st 2006)
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Michael Connolly
About the Author: The author is a reporter for the New York Times and is married to a Cuban woman.

Overview: The tyrant named Fidel Castro could not have taken control of Cuba and enslaved its population without the help of naive journalists like Herbert L Matthews of The New York Times. Matthews was scrupulously honest about manners of fact; it was his judgment that was flawed. Matthews spent the remainder of his life writing books to justify his role in the Cuban revolution. He never admitted t
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Elisa
Oct 23, 2014 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, journalism
This is the perfect example of how news can affect the shape and course of history.

Although it is arguable whether Fidel Castro could've triumphed when he did against the Batista regime without the timely help of The New York Times's Herbert L. Matthews, the fact remains that Matthews was instrumental in creating a legend, resurrecting Castro with a vengeance after rumors of his death had been confirmed by Batista's government.

This is the story of the strange relationship between a journalist,
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Emily
Dec 18, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Neil asked me to preview this book for the Latin American class he's teaching next semester. I found it very interesting. It was well written and I think it would be a great book for a class to read since it touches not only on the history of Fidel Castro's rise to power, but also talked about America's unique position of influence in Latin America and issues involving journalistic biases. It was a quick read even though it was over 250 pages and only started to drag towards the very end.
Tom
Jul 23, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuba
As a Cubaphile I enjoyed reading this book to learn more about the man who made a significant contribution to the myth of the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. This book is well-researched and well-written.
Kathryn
Dec 26, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by my son-in-law, who is a history professor. I found it fascinating, because I was in Junior High when all this happened. Reading this book gave me a better understanding of those events, because I vaguely remember the events when they were happening. Thank you Neil!
Alyce
Jun 03, 2010 Alyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overly wordy, not very well-researched book. It does give an interesting perspective on when Castro and the Revolution turned Communist.
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