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An outstanding new anthology by one of history's greatest orators.
Here, at last, is a comprehensive anthology presenting the voice of one of historys greatest orators, Fidel Castro. Love him or hate him, there is no denying he is a master of the spoken word, as Gabriel Garca Mrquez has described him.
Emerging in the 1960s as a leading voice in support of Third World anticolonial struggles and continuing to play a role in the antiglobalization movement of today, Fidel Castro remains an articulate and penetratingif controversialpolitical thinker and leader, who has outlasted ten hostile US presidents.
His direct, forthright approach, his incredible grasp of diverse economic, historical, and cultural topics, and his idealism stand in stark contrast against the spin and superficiality of most political leaders.
Covering five decades of Fidels speeches, this selection begins with his famous courtroom defense (History will Absolve Me), and also includes his speech on learning of Che Guevaras death in Bolivia, his analysis of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With his declining health and the emergence of new leaders such as Hugo Chvez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia, this book sheds light not just on Castros mighty role in Latin Americas immediate past, but also on his legacy for the future.
The Fidel Castro Reader includes a chronology of the Cuban Revolution, an extensive glossary and index as well as 24 pages of photos. As the first anthology of Castros speeches to be published in English since the 1960s, this is an essential resource for both scholars and general readers.
Fidels devotion to the word is almost magical. Gabriel Garca Mrquez
Fidel is the leader of one of the smallest countries in the world, but he has helped to shape the destinies of millions of people across the globe. Angela Davis
Fidel Castro is a man of the masses The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. Nelson Mandela
Fidels is a singing and dancing intellect. Alice Walker
[The editors] have done an admirable, even heroic,job of editing and excerpting this reader [which] serves a purpose for both historians and politicos. Foreword Magazine
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