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Gus Venegas was born in 1952 a few months after a Batista s coup that ended fifty years of democracy and civil liberties in Cuba. Nearly all of Gus kin supported a Revolution that promised the return of the Republic. The Venegas family witnessed the transformation of the Cuban Revolution into the Western Hemisphere s most oppressive political, economic, and cultural dictatorship. They left Cuba in 1966, when Castro and President Johnson agreed to a legal and an orderly departure of Cuban exiles. During the last forty-four years, the author lived in Puerto Rico, Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida. Mr. Venegas graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he served as a reporter for that college s newspaper. He also worked as a technical writer for IEEE's Spectrum magazine. Mr. Venegas continued his education with a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. For thirty-two years he worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA s Kennedy Space Center before retiring in late 2008. He has published several short stories, topics ranging from life in Cuba to recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. As for the purpose of this book, the author states in the last paragraph: Throughout my forty-four years in America, people often asked me curious questions about Cuba, the Revolution, and living conditions under Castro s regime, and how I left Cuba. Since my college days I entertained the idea of writing a book on Cuba, answering those questions. But after becoming an American citizen, graduating from college, and starting work as an aerospace engineer, I postponed my plans to write that book. Now that I retired over a year ago from my day job, I have had plenty of time to develop and publish my writings. You could say that this book, which details truthful events during the Cuban revolution and life under Castro, could be called my vengeance. For all Cubans that suffered under Castro s intolerant tyranny, you could say that the truth is our vengeance.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Note Books; First edition (December 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983075808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983075806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,509,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. Emilio Martinez on February 21, 2011
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Going thru the pages of Gus Venegas "Memories From The Land Of The Intolerant Tyrant" seen by the eyes of a 14 years old exile whose recollection of a vibrant and happy Cuba and the history of his own family and friends at a point in time that despite all the trials and errors of a non-perfect democracy Cuba was emerging as a prosperous nation ahead of most of the latin american countries. This acomplishment of a young nation was sadly interrupted by a tyrant who for more than fifty years had put a tight grip on its citizens, confiscating land, farms, and foreign and domestic businesses, repressing all liberties and aspirations. Venegas has captioned the essence of the struggle mixing the memories of his family and friends with historical data of this troublesome time. A must read for young and old cubans and all interested in the history of a nation who is still suffering the longest tyranny ever. E. Martinez
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Memories from 'The Land of the Intolerant Tyrant' is an interesting book narrating a story of intrigue, deceit and betrayal in the search for absolute power by Cuba's totalitarian dictator Fidel Castro. We see the metamorphosis of Castro from a young idealistic pro-democracy liberal in the late 40's to a totalitarian Stalinist dictator after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. The success of Fidel's quest for power has been the cause of political repression and economic misery for millions of Cubans for decades to come, and this is reflected on the author's personal description of living conditions in Cuba. Fidel Castro's dictatorial intentions in Cuba were obvious when he took over labor unions, canceled elections, and a free press by mid-1960, when he was well entrenched in a newly installed totalitarian communist dictatorship. The author's tells of some of his older kin's participation in the Revolution and how they found themselves in jail for supporting pro-democracy views and civil liberties after Castro converted Cuba to a Stalinist police state. A chapter is dedicated to the anti-Castro rebellion in the sixties (it was bigger than the rebellion against Batista, but Castro successfully suppressed it after a few years of bloodshed). The sad reality of Cuba since the early 60's is described: the Cuban people live in a system of political apartheid- those not aligned with the regime are deprived of a voice in the government, shopping to purchase quality consumer goods, receive quality healthcare, have better housing, go on to college, and thus deprived of successful careers in their profession or business. Significant events- Bay of Pigs, the Escambray rebellion, and the Missile Crisis- are covered.Read more ›
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Good book
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Gus lived through the years as did his parents in Cuba under Castro. They did not have a great time living under a regime where Catro introduced his methodology in leading people. This insight within the revolution was unknown to us on the western front, however Gus inform us in detail how it was and give the prognosis that unless Castro accepts change then Cuba and its proud people will never greet a future of democracy;

Well done Gus thanks for the truth
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