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ContentsMap of CubaA Hundred Hours with Fidel1 The Childhood of a Leader Childhood in Bir n Don Angel The batey Fidel s mother Living in the teacher s house Colegio de la Salle Echoes of the war in Spain The Jesuits of the Colegio de Dolores2 The Forging of a RebelThe first rebellions The house of hunger The political atmosphere The dictatorships of Machado and Batista In trouble Havana The Colegio de Bel n3 Entering PoliticsThe University Eduardo Chib s Cayo C ContentsMap of CubaA Hundred Hours with Fidel1 The Childhood of a Leader Childhood in Bir n Don Angel The batey Fidel s mother Living in the teacher s house Colegio de la Salle Echoes of the war in Spain The Jesuits of the Colegio de Dolores2 The Forging of a RebelThe first rebellions The house of hunger The political atmosphere The dictatorships of Machado and Batista In trouble Havana The Colegio de Bel n3 Entering PoliticsThe University Eduardo Chib s Cayo Confites El Bogotazo Thinking about Moncada4 The Assault on the Moncada BarracksPreparation The men The weapons The stratergy The farm in Siboney The attack The retreat5 The Backdrop of the RevolutionBol var Slavery and independence Autonomists and pro Americans The two wars of Independence Carlos Manuel de C spedes Maximo G mez Antonio Maceo Jos Mart 6 History Will Absolve Me The Capture Lieutenant Sarr a Ideas can t be killed The trial The allocution Prison7 Che GuevaraMexico Meeting Che Seeing eye to eye politically Personality and determination Preparations for a guerrilla war Training8 In the Sierra MaestraThe Granma Alegr a de Pio First victories Che in combat Ra l and Camilo War strategies The defeat of Batista The triumph of the Revolution9 Lessons from a Guerrilla WarViolence and revolution Ethics with the campesinos Treatment of prisoners Wartime justice in the Sierra10 Revolution First Steps, First ProblemsTransition Sectarianism Public trials of torturers The Revolution and homosexuals The Revolution and blacks The Revolution and women The Revolution and machismo The Revolution and the Catholic Church11 The Conspiracies BeginThe Revolution s first laws Che and the administration The agrarian reform Che Guevara and revolutionary labour First acts of sabotage Ruptures with the US Terrorism Attempts on Fidel Castro s life12 The Bay of Pigs Playa Gir nThe attack Mercenaries US intervention The military victory Treatment of the defeated combatants The prisoner exchange The dirty war The role of President Kennedy 13 The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962The world on the brink of nuclear war The Soviets betrayal Failed negotiations Letters between Castro and Khrushchev Khrushchev, Gorbachev, Putin The Kennedy assassination 14 The Death of Che GuevaraChe and the anti imperialist movement The farewell letter In the guerrilla conflicts in Africa Return to Cuba Preparing the mission to the Andes R gis Debray The last battle Che s legacy15 Cuba and AfricaAlgeria Ahmed Ben Bella Che in the Congo Guinea Bissau South Africa invades Angola Operation Carlota A decisive victory New aggression The battle of Cuito Cuanavale A forgotten deed of valour Lessons of war16 The Emigration CrisesAgreements with Reagan Camarioca Mariel The balseros The sinking of the tugboat on 13 July 1994 Riots in Havana on 5 August 1994 The Cuban Adjustment Act Emigrants and refugees 17 The Collapse of the Soviet Union The ecological disaster The infrastructure Computer mediocrity The reign of the mafias Living without the USSR18 The Ochoa Case and the Death PenaltyA revelation by Navarro Wolf The MC businesses Drugs and dollars The Columbian connection The execution of Ochoa The Cuban Revolution and the death penalty A de facto moratorium19 Cuba and Neoliberal Globalization The new capitalism What is Socialism today Ideological confusion The tragedy of the environment Preserving the environment The battle of ideas Towards a general education 20 President Jimmy Carter s VisitTorrijos and the Panama Canal Issue Carter and the Mariel crisis First encounters Presidents of the United States The Varela Project Change the constitution The response21 The Arrest of the Dissidents in March 2003James Cason in Havana Meetings in the Cuban Interests Office in Washington War against Cuba The Ra l Rivero case The Valladares affair The death penalty22 The Hijackings in April 2003Air piracy Heading for a new migration explosion The hijacking of the boat in Regla The negotiations The attitude of the American authorities Revolution, Socialism and crime Execution of three hijackers A statement by Jos Saramago23 Cuba and SpainFelipe Gonz lez Jos Mar a Aznar The Spanish Socialists and the Cuban Revolution The Spanish Left The break with Felipe Gonz lez Franco and Aznar King Juan Carlos I Prince Felipe of Spain Manuel Fraga24 Fidel and FranceA French education The French Revolution Victor Hugo an Les Mis rables Balzac and La Com die Humane Jean Paul Sartre General Charles de Gaulle R gis Debray Fran ois and Danielle Mitterand Georges Marchais G rard Depardieu25 Latin AmericaSubcomandante Marcos The indigenous peoples s struggle Evo Morales Hugo Ch vez and Venezuela The coup against Ch vez Progressive military leaders Kirchner and the symbol of Argentina Lula and Brazil26 Cuba TodayHuman rights The economic embargo The press and information The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 President Bush s agressiveness The Iraq War A preventive war against Cuba On terrorism 27 Summing Up a Life and a Revolution Eloquence and speeches Love and hate On treason A dictator Attachment to the uniform Regrets The end of the sugar monoculture The Revolution s successes The judgement of history Memorable personalities28 After Fidel, What Critic Number One Corruption The single party Fidel s salary Socialism no turning back The succession Ra l Castro Can the Revolution be brought down The future of the Revolution A Note on the Text and the Translation Some Key Dates in the Life of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution 1926 2007 NotesIndex [[ READ KINDLE ]] ☃ My Life: A Spoken Autobiography ⇺ Based on overhours of interviews with Fidel Castro conducted over three years, Fidel Castro My Life is as close to a memoir as we will ever get from the Cuban leader Here Castro speaks with raw frankness about the events of his extraordinary life and the legacy he hopes to leave behind Fantastic book I definitely recommend it as an interesting read about one of the most fascinating leaders in the twentieth and twenty first centuries And shame on the United States government Even before I heard what Fidel s perspective as Cuba s leader of the Revolution had to say, I was disgusted by what we, as the American people backing our government, have perpetrated against Cuba And I still don t understand why we allow the Ex pats in Florida to still run the show when it comes to our Fantastic book I definitely recommend it as an interesting read about one of the most fascinating leaders in the twentieth and twenty first centuries And shame on the United States government Even before I heard what Fidel s perspective as Cuba s leader of the Revolution had to say, I was disgusted by what we, as the American people backing our government, have perpetrated against Cuba And I still don t understand why we allow the Ex pats in Florida to still run the show when it comes to our policies regarding this island country It s abhorrent But anyway, I encourage folks who don t know a lot about Cuba s history, and its relationship with the US, to just crack the pages and see the situation through Castro s eyes Or read other books on the subject If you don t know a lot about it, you will truly find it eye opening I read this book at the request of a friend who thought it might be good for a me since, in his opinion, my perspective was too pro US Whatever, but I thought it might be interesting Whatever one thinks about Castro, he certainly was present for some interesting things in history And I knew very little about Cuban history, so what the hey In several ways the book is really fascinating I do have a bitsympathy for Castro having read this It seems that, for all his wrong ideas, he probab I read this book at the request of a friend who thought it might be good for a me since, in his opinion, my perspective was too pro US Whatever, but I thought it might be interesting Whatever one thinks about Castro, he certainly was present for some interesting things in history And I knew very little about Cuban history, so what the hey In several ways the book is really fascinating I do have a bitsympathy for Castro having read this It seems that, for all his wrong ideas, he probably was trying to do what he thought was best for Cuba Anyway, the bookFirst of all it s long and reads like a long book The bulk of the book is just the transcript of a several day long interview between Ramonet and Castro At several points in the book they pat themselves on the back for having the stamina to keep going and I felt like they should be also patting me on the back for the same reason I can understand why some people were so eager to leave Cuba it was probably to avoid having to listen to Castro drone on about stuff.But seriously, there were some riveting parts For example, the description of the Cuban missile crisis Castro, it turns out, was very much in disagreement with Kruschev about how to handle that Who knew Also, it was really cool to hear about the defense of the bay of pigs invasion from the Cuban perspective And the whole episode of Jimmy Carter s visit was fascinating Between these interesting parts, though, there is a ton of Castro showing off how much detail he holds in his head about sugar production, how many doctors they educate, and a gazillion other minutiae that are quite boring to read.The most valuable thing I took away from this book is a deeper understanding of what s wrong with Castro and his perspective My image of him before was as a self indulgent, radical, oppressive dictator Now I view him as a self indulgent, semi radical oppressive dictator who was misguidedly trying to do the right thing for his people.Perhaps the crux of his misguided view of the US was revealed when he described Kennedy s creation of the Peace Corps He called this an anti revolutionary group, designed to gain sympathy for the US amongst people of the third world I was in the Peace Corps Nobody, myself included, was motivated at all by their feelings about communist revolution, pro or con Castro s otherwise impressive mind seems to live within some constrains where everything is either for or against the movement Absolutely astounding to hear Castro s story Sadly, this brilliant man has been portrayed as a monster for decades Brilliant, engaged and completely self aware, it is refreshing to hear his own voice in this fascinating interview style biography. This book took me forever to get through SOmetimes I read pages and realized I spent the whole time actually thinking about dinner and I had no idea what happened It readlike Castro s tidy record keeping than a thrilling life story He remembers every insignificant detail which is good but also really bad if you want to be entertained. This is an autobiography of Fidel Castro In this book, he talks about his life and how he became the leader of Cuba I used this book as research for my school project It had pretty usefull info. Castro is one of the epic figures of 20th century The REAL HERO of cuban independence, for to me pre 1959 Cuba was not truly an independent country He restored dignity and self respect to his country and defied he posturing of an imperialist super power only 90 miles away Ignacio Ramonet has the requisite left wing credentials to present the account of this larger than life figure for posterity. My Life Fidel Castro autobiography 21CDs 26.5 Hours UNABRIDGEDISBN 13 978 1 4001 0592 2ISBN 10 1 4001 0592 7My Life BLURB A Spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet was published in Spanish in 2006 Fidel Castro biograf a a dos voces , and English in 2007 The book was written by Ramonet based onthan 100 hours of interviews with Castro, and the final text was edited and approved by Castro himself before publication. I read this shortly after reading a lengthy biography of Che Guevara The difference between the two is here you get an account that s in Fidel s own words, whereas Anderson s biography Guevara wasof a neutral to the extent that exists account of Guevera s life from the perspective of an onlooker There are pros and cons to this.Pros You get a firsthand account from a very interesting and prolific political figure and see into his mind You get to understand how he himself saw and exp I read this shortly after reading a lengthy biography of Che Guevara The difference between the two is here you get an account that s in Fidel s own words, whereas Anderson s biography Guevara wasof a neutral to the extent that exists account of Guevera s life from the perspective of an onlooker There are pros and cons to this.Pros You get a firsthand account from a very interesting and prolific political figure and see into his mind You get to understand how he himself saw and experienced political change, and what his personal visions are in a way that is not distorted either by over zealous fans or enemies Cons You re less sure about what s true or not, because this isof a personal memoir or account and is less of a rigorous look into how Cuban politics played out Anderson s biography had this benefit When someone is telling the story of their life, they are not going to be able to use as critical of a lens on themselves and their beliefs as an onlooker might.That said, Fidel is impressively self aware He knows what his mistakes are in here and also is very reflective on his time as a revolutionary and what his strengths and weaknesses are It is also clear to me that he is very intelligent, well read, and genuinely cares about his cause I think some questions could have been answered better his responses to critiques of the lack of critical press in Cuba, for instance, rightfully point out that press in the US isn t free, but provides a somewhat ambiguous answer about Cuba s own policy i.e., they don t want misinformation spread but also people can say what they want That said, I am not leading a country under constant attack from a global imperialist power, so really who am I to say anything here All in all, Fidel had a very extraordinary life, did many great things for people, made some mistakes along the way, and is a very important figure to learn about This book is valuable in letting you read that in his own words while still having a critical but not uselessly hostile interviewer