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Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography

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An intimate self-portrait by the notorious Cuban leader covers a wide range of topics, from his harsh early education and the failures of the revolution to his political relationships and the Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs and ensuing missile crisis, in an account that also describes his belief systems on a variety of current issues. 60,000 first printing. From Publishers Weekly. In February, 2002, Ramonet, the editor of French monthly Le Monde diplomatique, began a two-year conversation with the controversial Cuban head of state, a collaboration that resulted in this Q&A-style, Castro-approved look into the revolutionary leader's life, from boyhood through his half-century in power. Ramonet proves a worthy interviewer, well prepared to tackle the famed Communist revolutionary's legacy, and while many of Castro's answers are predictably self-serving-"I've fought adamantly against any manifestation of the cult of personality"-the bombastic leader's views on political figures and world events are genuinely thoughtful, and at times fascinating. High points include accounts of his relationship with Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis, backed up by excerpts from letters they exchanged; his advice for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during a 2002 coup attempt; and his sincere, positive assessment of American President Jimmy Carter. Though readers may find it hard to take this authorized life story at face value, Castro's first attempt to tell his complete story provides an engaging perspective on the man and the world he helped shape. . Copyright ® Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.