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Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant

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"Cubas own Elvis"thats what Dan Rather calls him. Funny name for a man who has threatened the United States with nuclear war, who has made common cause with Islamic terrorists against the United States, and whose people risk death to escape him. But theres a lot that Hollywood liberals and other Fidel Castro admirers would rather you didnt know about the dictator of Cuba ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published February 25th 2005 by Regnery Publishing
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Gary
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was about time a book like this was written when this came out in 2005. Humberto Fontova strips away the lies we have been told by the mainstream media and universities about the man worshipped by empty headed Hollywood elites, American leftists and liberals and the elites in many Third World regimes that treat their people almost as squalidly as Castro has.

This is a brilliant book, an incredibly challenging polemic where Fontova cuts up the hypocrisy and stupidity of America's intellectual,
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Eric
I wanted to like this book. I saw it while browing the stacks at the library and was excited to see it. Critical looks at Castro aren't all that common. In fact, as the author points out, Castro is the subject of contstant fawning by many in Hollywood, the media, and government.

I've never understood that. Sure, he's a communist, but he's hardly a progressive. I mean, the same folks who labeled Sarah Palin a book-burning tyrant praise a real tyrant who censors an entire country. They rant about
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Steve
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The way American celebrities, media and politicians fawned to corrupt and wicked Castro is a moral and cultural failure. No one flees to Cuba, but thousands upon thousands have fled to the US grateful for its freedoms and liberties.

The book ends with a short chapter where Fontova tells of how he , his mother and siblings were welcomed by their southern neighbours when they fled to the US and settled there.
Michael Connolly
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Fontova shows that the majority of the Cuban people, not just the corrupt, rich people at the top, were much better off before Fidel Castro and the Communists took control in 1959. During the 1950s Cuba was one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. It attracted many immigrants from Spain, which was then ruled by the fascist Francisco Franco. Before Castro, Cuba had the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America. During the 1950s, Cuba had a literacy rate of 80 percent and far ...more
Lee Ann
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a raucous, slam-bang, fact-filled romp through evil. Fontova lines up fact after fact, footnoting and documenting the brutalities and horrors of Cuba. He shows the firing squads, the mass graves, the torture and the lies. I was shocked to find that 1 out of every 19 Cubans has been imprisoned for political crimes. The spectacle of rich white liberals waxing orgasmic over the torture of poor brown people is sickening. I had no idea that condemned political prisoners have their blood ...more
Carl Martinez
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cuban-history
I was a little disappointed with Humberto Fontova's critical look at Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It mostly gets the job done but much of it goes over various Hollywood actors and directors fawning over the dictator, further a lot of the material he writes about he already mentioned in the previous book about Che Guevara (Exposing the Real Che Guevara) which was outstanding, expertly sourced masterpiece ripping the left to shreds. This book is on the short side, I felt it was written for people ...more
Eendju
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
The worst book I ever read!
The author tries to be very convincing by using difficult words and way too many notes. However, at the same time he writes "The idiot...." many times. I'm sorry, but there's no way I can take an author like that serious.
Craig
Sep 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Republicans
Let's just be one-sided here. I swore I was an evangelical republican when I read this.

Seemed like a way to bash liberals through bashing a communist figure.
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Humberto Fontova was born in Havana, Cuba. He and his family of 5 attempted to leave in 1961, but only 4 of them were successful. Humberto Fontova Sr. (author's father) was grabbed by the milicianos. He yelled to Esther (mother) and the 3 kids (Humberto age 7, Patricia age 8, and Enrique age 5) to "Go ahead!....Whatever happens to me, I don't want ya'll growing up here!" The next day, from a ...more

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