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After Fidel

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In this compelling, behind-the-scenes account, former top CIA officer and Cuba expert Brian Latell examines the extraordinary Castro brothers and the impending dynastic succession of Fidel's younger brother, Raul. Exploring the brothers' remarkable relationship, he reveals how Fidel and Raul have collaborated, divided responsibilities, and resolved disagreements for more ...more
Published February 1st 2012 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published October 14th 2005)
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated with Latin America and have been to some places, including Guantanimo Bay in Cuba.

The decades long embargo is silly, the way to beat this revolution is to spend money. A few T-shirt stands on the beach, some tourist attractions earning a nice profit and the revolution won't seem so attractive. In my lifetime I want to see an MLB game in Havanna.

This provides an excellent look at the Castros and their history as well as an illustration of Cuba then and now.

Paul C. Stalder
An interesting story bogged down by the author's style, or lack thereof. Given Latell has years of experience with Cuba, and the Castro family, I was looking for more commentary and less repetition of facts. The book seemed like it could be written by any individual with a decent research team. Latell expertise offered little to enhance his overall narrative. I expected much more from this effort.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"After Fidel" was written by a former CIA agent, reading as a personal account to his time on the case of Castro. It is an easy read, not bogged down with raw data. It offers the reader an interesting look at how Fidel and his siblings were raised, suggesting which particular parts of his character are more attributed to nurture versus nature. If you are looking for a "start to near-finish" about Fidel and "his Cuba", it is a great book for getting your feet wet.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title is misleading bc it was more about the Castro brothers growing up and during the revolution. The only part that talks about life after Fidel is like the last chapter and the afterward. It goes back and forth a bit but over all quite interesting. I had no idea about a lot of what i read in the book.
Al Lock
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book about Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and the evolution of how Cuba was conquered in revolution and how Cuba had to change after the fall of the Soviet Union and how that impacts Cuba today with Raul in charge.

Written before Fidel passed away, it is striking that the book reflects very well what actually happened .
Emma Diercks
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So very interesting. This book really delved into the lives of Fidel and Raul Castro and talked a bit about how the regime affected the Cuban people and their economy.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, cuba
This is a well written bio. No histronics, no preaching, no selling of a viewpoint. The author is a former CIA officer and current teacher of the Cuban Revolution at Columbia U. He credits his sources by name, noting each person's relation to the events, which is welcome for the layman. While the title implies that the book is about "After Fidel", this topic comprises less than 1/4 of the text. While to predict the future, you need to know the past, the subtitle works better.

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Mark Nenadov
This book might be worth a read if you’d like to know what the American intelligence community thinks of Cuba and the Castro brothers. If, however, you’re looking for something a little more balanced and less polemical, I suggest you look elsewhere.

I have no naive admiration for the Cuban government. Cuba’s government has exhibited horrible aspects of totalitarianism. Any balanced treatment of the Castro brothers and the Cuban government will take them to task in various areas.

That said, for
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a former CIA analyst, this book has a misleading title. It is really about the Castro brothers from childhood to when the the book was written. It's at least as much about Fidel as it is about Raul. The author uses a term, internationalism, as if it is an evil philosophy of Castro's and could have used more explanation. Not a gripping read, but nevertheless very informative about the history of Cuba, and much more than I ever read about in the current media. Was glad I read it, but ...more
I had to read this book for Modern Latin American History and I was very interested to read about the thoughts and perspectives that Latell had on how Cuba would turn out under the direction of Raul Castro. The book fell flat on its face and did not live up to the title. Rather than focusing on Raul, Latell focused primarily on Fidel and and everything that Fidel had done, and every once in a while, Latell would mention Raul.

It was not what I was expecting and the title is extremely misleading.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is really fantastic. First it recounts the revolution (which involved sneaking over in basically a water skiing boat) and recounts what happened in Cuba and who what will happen next. The author is one of those insanity-types who has spent too much time on his own work. There is a hilarious part at the end where he gives examples of times where he made speeches on behalf of the National Intelligence office and then had Castro talk back to him via radio address in other speeches.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great primer for those who haven't read any books about Castro or Cuba from 1950 to present. The title is a little misleading, as the book only begins to speculate on Cuba's future after Fidel in the last 30 pages of this slim volume. But I felt like I got to know Fidel, Raul, and our dysfunctional relationship with Cuba much better in the lead-up.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The title may or may not be a misnomer. The book is mostly a dual biography of Fidel and Raoul, not so much about Cuba's future--but then again Raoul is Cuba's future. The book dispels my previous assumption that anybody would be better than Fidel--but maybe not--Raoul is the harder-core communist and the more practiced killer. What a family
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some good insider information and observations . . . Mr. Latell may need some instruction on the translation of "Son of a bitch" from Spanish to English, and it's uses in everyday arguments, including relatives.
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides an interesting analysis of not only Fidel, but also his brother Raul. The book states that while Fidel is the dramatic speaker/visionary, it is Raul who is the true idealogue and more pragmatic planner.
James Johnson
From the details in this biography, I found myself constantly thinking of Fidel as a person with a mental illness.
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Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foreign Policy Analysts
Recommended to Nicko by: CIA
In-depth biography of everything Fidel. Really in-depth, good for anyone to really fill out their knowledge of this oft misunderstood historic figure.
Morgan Stell
Somehow simultaneously fascinating and boring.
I didn't know much about Fidel or his brother, but I know a lot more now. While most of it is interesting, it is dry facts like many biographies.
Feb 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Donald Elton
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good history and analysis.
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Good source of info on Fidel and Raul although I sometimes questions the authors objectivity.
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BRIAN LATELL began tracking Cuba for the CIA in the early 1960s. Today, as Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami, he continues as one of the most distinguished and frequently quoted experts. For a quarter century he taught Cuban and Latin American studies as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. A former National ...more