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Fidel: A Critical Portrait

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Never before has any biographer had such close access to Fidel Castro as did Tad Szule. The outcome of a long, direct relationship, this riveting portrait reveals astonishing and exclusive information about Cuba, the revolution, and the notorious, larger-than-life leader who has ruled his country with an iron fist for more than forty years.

Only Tad Szule could bring Fidel
Paperback, 704 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published November 1st 1986)
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Erik Graff
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Being for somes years married to a deaf woman, I became active in the disabled rights movement back in the time when public transport and facilities were only rarely accessible to persons in wheelchairs. During that period, Jim Charlton, a quadraplegic recently appointed a member of the Chicago Transit Authority Board by Mayor Harold Washington, was working on a study of access in third world countries. He and a group of fellow activists travelled together to Cuba to study how that poor country ...more
I read Tad Szulc's book "FIDEL: A Critical Portrait" during the late 1980s. It's one of the best biographies of Fidel Castro that I've had the pleasure of reading. The book also contains a first-rate map of Cuba.
Julio César
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a long read, indeed. As many other readers, I got to this book through Jon Lee Anderson's Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. WIthout making any comparisons, I have to say that it definitely stood up to my expectations. Castro's life is depicted with utmost detail, sometimes even to an exasperating degree. There are some issues to which the author pays a lot of attention but nowadays appear outdated, such as the moment in which Castro became a full-fledged Communist, and its ideological ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't find this book particularly engaging, but the simple facts of Castro's life were enough to keep Fidel: A Critical Portrait interesting. Szulc begins with a section seemingly intended to psychoanalyze Castro to some extent, and I had a hard time finding a rhythm through these initial 50 or 60 pages. After that, Szulc settled into a standard chronology of Castro's youth, college years, revolutionary activities, and finally his leadership of Cuba. This edition of the book was published in ...more
Fernando Aguerrevere
Es una biografía autorizada por Fidel pero escrita por alguien que parece imparcial. Me la recomendó un cubano que odia al HDP. Por cierto, en la biografía queda como lo que es: UN HIJO DE PUTA, ASESINO, ETC, ETC.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent biography. Aseptic version, in depth story of his days of soldier and early days in office.
sacha kenton
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
my dad's favorite. i come from a line of commie jews. sigh
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Critical, but relatively balanced; a detailed look at Fidel through 1985. Too bad Szulc is no longer around to write a second volume, covering the Special Period to the funeral cortège.
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
There is a wealth of information in this biography, but it was written before any modern Cuban events.
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