- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Debate; Pap/DVD edition (July 4, 2006)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0307376532
- ISBN-13: 978-0307376534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – July 4, 2006
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About the Author
Ignacio Ramonet (Redondela, Galicia, 1943) se crió en Tánger y es director del mensual Le Monde diplomatique. Especialista en geopolítica y estrategia internacional y profesor de teoría de la comunicación en la Universidad Denis Diderot de París. Ramonet es doctor en semiología y en historia de la cultura por la Escuela de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, donde fue alumno de Roland Barthes. Es también fundador de Attac (Asociación para la Tasación de las Transacciones Financieras y la Ayuda a los Ciudadanos), de Media Watch Global y uno de los promotores del Foro Social Mundial de Porto Alegre. Es autor, entre otras obras, de La golosina visual, Marcos, la dignidad rebelde, Un mundo sin rumbo, La tiranía de la comunicación, Rebeldes, dioses y excluidos, Propagandas silenciosas y La post-televisión.
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Most autobiographies are self-serving, and although this "Biografia a dos voces," or in English My Life Fidel Castro, is not an autobiography in a strict sense, neither is a classical journalistic interview with challenges when necessary to clear up apparent contradictions or controversial statements or judgments.
The book reveals a deep devotion of Castro towards Che Guevara, great affection and admiration. His insights of how valuable Che was to the Revolution first as a doctor and then as a fighter and commander are of tremendous value to anybody interested in Cuba's tormented history.
I have with me the first edition in Spanish and the recent Andrew Hurley translation of the third edition.
There are substantial additions and changes to the first version, including in the latest edition an exchange of letters between Castro and Nikita Khrushchev during and after the Missile Crisis of October 1962.
In one of the letters, dated October 26, 1962, Fidel dangerously suggests that the Soviets should consider an atomic attack against the United States.
Castro shows in the book a deep knowledge on an array of subjets, including on political, military, economic and scientific matters.
He also shows his political prejudice when he asserts, without offering any proof, that the September 11, 2001, attacks against the Twin Towers were organised by the "same American institutions and services" who trained those who actually carried them out.
When Fidel says that no-one has suffered torture in Cuban jails since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 and that the Cuban Bay of Pigs prisoners in 1961 were treated according to strict Geneva Convention rules, and that the cause of his country's woes throughout is history since independence from Spain has been the "Empire" to the north makes one think whether he has more than a point.
He is also believable when he says his Revolution has done away with illiteracy, that medicine in Cuba has advanced to the extent that now Cuba exports doctors and, despite the criplling US siege, its economy remains solid - after surviving "the special period" following the Soviet Union collapse.
People like Fidel only come once in history, and perhaps History will indeed absolve him.
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