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The Real Fidel Castro

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Rhetoric during and after the Cold War years has painted starkly contrasting portraits of Cuba’s Fidel Castro: an unblemished idealist on the one hand, a ruthless dictator on the other. This insightful book, the most intimate and dispassionate biography of the revolutionary leader to date, shows that neither assessment is true.
Leycester Coltman, British ambassador to Cuba
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published November 30th 1990)
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Michael Gerald
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
A relatively balanced take on the Cuban dictator, "The Real Fidel Castro" offers a fascinating look at one of the twentieth century's divisive figures. Written by a former British ambassador to Cuba, the proximity allowed attention to detail, but one also senses some sympathy for the dictator who fought US influence but embraced with open arms that of the former Soviet Union, and who portrayed himself as a champion of real democracy and human rights, but imposed a one-party dictatorship on the i ...more
Jodi
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally I finished!!! Good info, kinda a stiff read. Very intresting to have a non U.S perspective on Cuba and Fidel.
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Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A well balanced and very readable biography. My only criticism would be the limited bibliography - probably the result of the unexpected death of the author.
Ed Fenendael
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is well written; The British ambassador to Cuba wrote it and I feel it is very informative.
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May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enlightening perspective.
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lol
I like fidel.
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