The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times

PublicAffairs, 2007 - 329 pages
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In 1957, Herbert L.Matthews of the New York Times, then considered one of the premiere foreign correspondents of his time, tracked down Fidel Castro in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. His heroic portrayal of Castro, who was then believed dead, had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of the government, and profoundly influenced the fall of the Batista regime. When Castro emerged as a Soviet-backed dictator, Matthews became a scapegoat; his paper turned on him, his career foundered, and he was accused of betraying his country. In this fascinating book, New York Times reporter DePalma investigates the Matthews case to reveal how it contains the story not just of one newspaperman but of an age, not just how Castro came to power but how America determines who its enemies are. He re-creates the atmosphere of revolutionary Cuba and Cold War America, and clarifies the facts of Castro's ascension and political evolution from the many myths that have sprung up around them. Through a dramatic, ironic, in ways tragic story, The Man Who Invented Fidel offers provocative insights into Cuban politics, the Cuban-American relationship, and the many difficult balancing acts of responsible journalism.

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Review: The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Mathews of the New York Times

Avis d'utilisateur  - Michael Connolly - Goodreads

About the Author: The author is a reporter for the New York Times and is married to a Cuban woman. Overview: The tyrant named Fidel Castro could not have taken control of Cuba and enslaved its ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Mathews of the New York Times

Avis d'utilisateur  - Tom - Goodreads

As a Cubaphile I enjoyed reading this book to learn more about the man who made a significant contribution to the myth of the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. This book is well-researched and well-written. Consulter l'avis complet

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Anthony DePalma has been a correspondent and reporter at the New York Times for almost twenty years and is the author of Here: A Biography of the New American Continent. In 2003 he was awarded a fellowship at Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies to research the role of the media in shaping America's foreign relations. He was recently part of the special team of reporters that looked into the impact of class divisions on life in the United States for the Times. He now writes about the environment. He and his wife, who was born in Cuba, live in Montclair, New Jersey.

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