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"Cuba’s own Elvis"—that’s 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 there’s a lot that Hollywood liberals and other Fidel Castro admirers would rather you didn’t know about the dictator of Cuba—like how he imprisoned more people as a percentage of population than Hitler or Stalin; how Fidel’s firing squads killed thousands of Cubans; how Fidel’s subjects would rather inject themselves with AIDS than live under his tyranny. Drawing on a wealth of research—including interviews with former Castro regime officials, anti-Castro freedom fighters, and Castro’s political prisoners—acclaimed author Humberto Fontova reveals the ugly face of the Castro regime. Along the way, he punctures some of the egregious myths about Cuba: · The Motorcycle Bore: The real Che Guevara—not the rebel rock star of T-shirt fame, but a battlefield incompetent, a puritan-Stalinist bore, and the man who sent thousands of innocent Cubans to the firing squads · Communist Economics 101: How Castro took Cuba from being a First World economy that had to turn away European emigrants to a country that even impoverished Haitians won’t emigrate to, with among the highest suicide and abortion rates in the world · The Saddam Hussein Next Door: How Castro has not only had nuclear weapons (and wanted to launch them) but has plotted massive terrorist outrages against the United States · Fidel the anti-black racist and unrepentant Communist—and his long list of useful idiots: from Jesse Jackson to Oliver Stone, George McGovern to Ted Turner, Bill Clinton to Steven Spielberg, to Katie Couric and many others · The Left’s favorite racism: against conservative Cuban-Americans

Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant is a stunning exposé of the real Fidel Castro and of the hypocrisy, ignorance, and inexcusable appeasement that makes his liberal admirers notorious.

About the Author

Cuban-born Humberto Fontova came to the United States when he was six years old and grew up in New Orleans. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and has an master’s degree in Latin American studies from Tulane University. His critically acclaimed true-life adventure books are The Helldiver’s Rodeo (a Publisher’s Weekly "Book of the Week") and The Hellpig Hunt. Fontova writes and comments frequently on Latin American affairs for both English- and Spanish-language media. He lives in New Orleans with his family.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (February 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260437
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By T. F. Novak on March 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Cuban born, and cajun-raised, author Humberto Fontova has driven a stake into the black heart of American Leftism with this expose of Hollywood and the U.S. State Department's poster-boy of failed marxism - Fidel Castro. This book has been written for all of us Joe Sixpacks in the United States, who don't understand how it can be that this purely evil, murderous dictator can openly operate a gangster-state ninety miles from NAS Key West with impunity. In this book, Humberto Fontova is telling us exactly why Fidel is still in power... without the continuous unwavering support of two generations of elites in American popular culture, American academia and American government, Mr. Castro would surely be hanging from a lamp post in Havana tomorrow, as he deserves.

If you've ever wondered why those stubborn, revanchist, conservative cuban-americans in Miami are so outraged at the U.S. governments bizarre "Cuba-policy" and it's failed "embargo" and are always so out of step with all the other "hispanics" in the U.S.; why they fought so fiercely to try to patriate Elian Gonzalez, why they work so hard, achieve so much as U.S. citizens and have successfully maintained their history, culture and values in the face of a full court press of political-correctness you'll find the answers in Fidel, Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant by Humberto Fontova. HINT: It's because Cuban-americans understand Fidel Castro.

Get this astonishingly well-written and eye-opening book and you too will understand who it is that keeps this tyrant Fidel in power - Hollywood Leftists.
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139 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The story of Fidel Castro and the policy of the US towards his rule of Cuba is a very strange one. There are a huge number of people on the left who should be opposing such a brutal dictator, except that he is supposedly a socialist / communist and providing for "all the people" rather than a few millionaire exploiters. Of course, that is not true, but the fawning goes on nonetheless.

Instead, the people who have fled Castro's brutal tyranny are denounced. They are inconvenient to a liberal agenda that wants to believe that Castro's brand of socialism works. So, these refugees are ignored as much as possible, mischaracterized as rich exploiters who only want to get back properties they had long ago stolen "from the people". What nonsense! For every well to do refugee, there are thousands with nothing who fled for a chance at freedom. It is not an accident that so many Cuban refugees have done well in this country. They wanted to be free and have taken full advantage of what freedom offers to those who work diligently.

This useful book by Humberto Fontova, a child of the Cuban exile, is a cry of the heart. It gives passionate voice to those heroes who were tortured and murdered by Fidel and Che. He rails against the "useful idiots" who end up sustaining Castro's brutality. He cites so many of our politicians who find this whole Cuban episode so inconvenient and who want it to simply go away. These politicians and media elites denounce the exile community and try to discredit their voice in order to undermine its powerful political effect.

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131 of 161 people found the following review helpful By R. Wallace on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Some choice bits from this book:
Castro tried to get Nikita Khrushchev to nuke several southern cities in the US in the early 1960's, including New Orleans and probably Baton Rouge. He incarcerates more people as a percentage of population than [...] or Stalin. He murdered 17,000 Cubans and (several dozen U.S. citizens) with firing squads and dumped their bullet-riddled bodies in mass graves. He has impoverished and brutalized Cuba to the point where 20 percent of its population risked their lives to flee. And prior to his glorious reign, Cuba took in more immigrants per capita than any country in the Western Hemisphere. More Americans lived in Cuba than Cubans in the U.S., and Cuba even had to turn away European immigrants. Castro sent his agents to torture to death American POWs in North Vietnam's Cu Loc POW camp outside Hanoi in 1967. The list goes on and on, as it always does with tyrants. All of whom, I'll add, always call themselves benefactors. And this is a man cheered on by leftists everywhere, especially the nitwits in Hollywood?
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By John on April 27, 2005
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This book destroys the myths about communist Cuba:

- Life under Castro is better than it was under Bautista.

- 1950s Cuba was poorer and more repressive than Cuba today, and thus, it is necessary to have a dictator like Fidel.

- Fidel is a "revolutionary communist leader" who cares about his own poor.

- Fidel is an idealist who wants to help the Third World, and should be praised for "standing up to the U.S.".

- Che Guevara is an idealist, humanistic hero of guerilla wars, and should be looked up to.

- The Cuban Revolution helped the poor in Cuba

- Fidel made Cuba less racist.

- Left-wing Europeans and Americans are right to support Fidel in his "struggle" against the U.S.

- The embargo by the U.S. is wrong

The truth:

- 1950s Cuba was a fairer, more thriving society than modern Cuba, with more freedoms (sure, Bautista was repressive, but not as much as Fidel).

- Fidel and Co. killed 15,000 people who opposed them (mostly by firing .45 caliber handguns into their heads at close range).

- Fidel looked up to Adolf Hitler and modelled some of his writing on what Hitler had written ("History will absolve me").

- There have been 500,000 people (mostly poor, mostly black) in Cuba's Gulags

- Fidel's thugs regularly use torture on prisoners

- Che was an Argentine who personally sent 1,890 men to death - without trial, by firing squad. Che's office had a window where he could look out on the firing squads shooting men in the head with .45 handguns. One after another after another. Che once said, "we don't need evidence", and "we have to become cold-blooded killers".
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