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Fidel Castro

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fidel Castro emerges as an ambitious rebel, from his earliest years into his student years and adulthood.


In gripping detail, Quirk follows Castro as his first, failed attempt to bring down the regime of Fulgencio Batista is followed by the small-scale attacks from the Sierra Maestra mountains that culminate in the dictator's flight from Cuba in 1959 and Castro's sweep into
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Paperback, 928 pages
Published August 17th 1995 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published March 2nd 1994)
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Czarny Pies
Dec 01, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Cuban politics
Shelves: lat-amer-hist
This is a biography written by an author who did not like his subject which creates two problems: (1) it fails to explain the subject's successes and (2)it alienates the reader who admires or is at least sympathetic to the subject.

One has the feeling that Quirk's dislike of Castro stems from personal distaste or from being of a different ideological bent. Certainly Quirk has low regard for many of Castro's character traits. Castro in his view was uncultured, bombastic, buffoonish and as the year
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Erik Graff
Dec 26, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cuba fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
I've read two biographies of Fidel Castro, this one and that written by Tad Szulc. Of the two I recommend the latter as its author had the fortune to actually know the Cuban President personally in addition to studying him critically. Quirk's book is written at a greater distance and with less sympathetic understanding, it being as much about the regime as about the person.
Andrew
Jun 15, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: 12th-grade
This is another biography about fidel castro.This book gives a lot of info on him. This really helped me on my school project on him. Each important event is described in this book.
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