Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography

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Simon and Schuster, 11 mars 2008 - 608 pages
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Fidel Castro is perhaps the most charismatic and controversial head of state in modern times. A dictatorial pariah to some, he has become a hero and inspiration for many of the world's poor, defiantly charting an independent and revolutionary path for Cuba over nearly half a century.

Numerous attempts have been made to get Castro to tell his own story. But only now, in the twilight of his years, has he been prepared to set out the details of his remarkable biography for the world to read. This book is nothing less than his living testament. As he told reporters, his desire to finish checking its text was the one thing that kept him going through his recent illness. He presented a copy of the book in its Spanish edition to his compadre President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

In these pages, Castro narrates a compelling chronicle that spans the harshness of his elementary school teachers; the early failures of the revolution; his intense comradeship with Che Guevara and their astonishing, against-all-odds victory over the dictator Batista; the Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs and the ensuing missile crisis; the active role of Cuba in African independence movements (especially its large military involvement in fighting apartheid South Africa in Angola); his relations with prominent public figures such as Boris Yeltsin, Pope John Paul II, and Saddam Hussein; and his dealings with no less than ten successive American presidents, from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

Castro talks proudly of increasing life expectancy in Cuba (now longer than in the United States); of the half million students in Cuban universities; and of the training of seventy thousand Cuban doctors nearly half of whom work abroad, assisting the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He is confronted with a number of thorny issues, including democracy and human rights, discrimination toward homosexuals, and the continuing presence of the death penalty on Cuban statute books. Along the way he shares intimacies about more personal matters: the benevolent strictness of his father, his successful attempt to give up cigars, his love of Ernest Hemingway's novels, and his calculation that by not shaving he saves up to ten working days each year.

Drawing on more than one hundred hours of interviews with Ignacio Ramonet, a knowledgeable and trusted interlocutor, this spoken autobiography will stand as the definitive record of an extraordinary life lived in turbulent times.
  

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Fidel Castro a political figure shrouded in many myths. It is easy to get steered away from what Fidel is like, because of the simple fact you don't know what is and isn't true. Throughout the book I ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Fidel Castro a political figure shrouded in many myths. It is easy to get steered away from what Fidel is like, because of the simple fact you don't know what is and isn't true. Throughout the book I ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

A Hundred Hours with Fidel
1
The Childhood of a Leader
23
The Forging of a Rebel
52
Entering Politics
83
The Assault on the Moncada Barracks
104
The Backdrop of the Revolution
135
History Will Absolve Me
158
Che Guevara
171
The Collapse of the Soviet Union
354
The Ochoa Case and the Death Penalty
367
Cuba and Neoliberal Globalization
386
President Jimmy Carters Visit
405
The Arrests of Dissidents in March 2003 432
432
The Hijackings in April 2003
460
Cuba and Spain
483
Fidel and France
506

In the Sierra Maestra
182
Lessons from a Guerrilla War
205
First Steps First Problems
215
The Conspiracies Begin
241
The Bay of PigsPlaya Giron 257
257
The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962
271
The Death of Che Guevara
292
Cuba and Africa
308
The Emigration Crises
335
25 Latin America
520
Cuba Today
538
27 Summing up a Life and a Revolution 57
570
After Fidel What?
595
A Note on the Text and the Translation
627
Some Key Dates in the Life of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution iyz6zooj
631
Notes
663
Index
713
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À propos de l'auteur (2008)

IGNACIO RAMONETis editor of Le Monde diplomatique. He is the author of Wars of the 21st Century and Geopolitics of Chaos, the founder of Media Watch Global, and a regular contributor to the Spanish daily El País.

FIDEL CASTRO has led Cuba since the revolution of 1959.

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