From Library Journal
Few political figures of the 20th century have attracted the attention of biographers as has Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Any new work by him would be an important event in publishing history. Unfortunately, this volume is not such an event. This is an accumulation of parts of two previously published interviews, Fidel and Religion (Ocean, 1987) and Arturo Alape's De los recuerdos de Fidel Castro (Havana, Cuba: Editora Politica, 1984), and a reprinted section of a Castro speech published in Fidel Castro's Cuba at the Crossroads (Ocean, 1997). Even the introduction by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a reprint. This accumulation doesn't quite work because the sections are out of context and consequently do not really connect. The only possible value of this collection is the English translation of Alape's interview. Unless a library is looking for a brief survey of Castro's early life, forget this book and get the originals or any one of a large number of biographies (e.g., Robert Quick's Fidel Castro, Norton, 1995) and other Castro-related books that are available.?Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT
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About the Author
· Fidel Castro went into exile on his release from prison after initiating an armed attack against the Batista dictatorship. One night in Mexico he met a young Argentine doctor Ernesto Guevara. They talked until dawn, sharing their ideas and dreams, when "Che" agreed to join the expedition back to Cuba to restore popular rule. The rest is history Deborah Shnookal has also edited the "José Martí Reader," "One Hundred Red Hot Years" and "Manifesto." Gabriel García Márquez is a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, and has published numerous works of fiction and nonfiction alike.
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