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Fidel Castro is one of the most interesting and controversial personalities of our time - he has become a myth and an icon. He was the first Cuban Caudillo - the man who freed his country from dependence on the USA and who lead his people to rediscover their national identity and pride. Castro has outlived generations of American presidents and Soviet leaders. He has survived countless assassination attempts by the CIA, the Mafia, and Cubans living in exile. He has become one of the greatest politicians of the 20th Century. His biography, and the history of his country exemplify the tensions between East and West, North and South, rich and poor. In this up-to-date reconstruction of Castro's life story, Volker Skierka provides an account of the economic, social and political history of Cuba since Castro's childhood. It draws on a number of little known sources, including material from archives of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) which were until recently inaccessible. The author succeeds in creating an exciting, painstakingly researched account of the contradictions in the life and work of Castro. Skierka does not indulge in revolutionary romanticism, avoiding the usual cliches about Cuba's devotion to the Soviet Union. As Castro's life draws to a close, the question as to what will become of Cuba is more important that ever. Will Castro open Cuba to economic reform and democratization, or stick to his old slogan "socialism or death"?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745630069
ISBN-10: 0745630065
Format: Hardback
(231mm x 159mm x 39mm)
Pages: 488
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Volker Skierka

Volker Skierka is a journalist and author based in Germany.

Books By Volker Skierka

Fidel Castro by Volker Skierka
Paperback, July 2006