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Fidel Castro When Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, it seemed as if much of the world didn't quite know what to make of the revolutionary leader. The images of loyal Cubans in Havana openly crying in the streets stood in stark contrast to the Cuban exiles and their descendants just 90 miles away in Miami, Florida. While Cuban citizens were mourning, Cuban Americans w Fidel Castro When Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, it seemed as if much of the world didn't quite know what to make of the revolutionary leader. The images of loyal Cubans in Havana openly crying in the streets stood in stark contrast to the Cuban exiles and their descendants just 90 miles away in Miami, Florida. While Cuban citizens were mourning, Cuban Americans were celebrating; they were laughing, dancing, and drinking to celebrate Castro's demise. It seems that Fidel Castro was just as polarizing in death as he was in life. Inside you will read about... - The Beginnings of a Revolutionary - Castro Meets Che Guevara - The Bay of Pigs - The Cuban Missile Crisis - Castro's Soviet Ally - The Assassination Conspiracy - Doctors For Oil And much more! Learn more about the life of one of the twentieth century's most controversial figures.


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Fidel Castro When Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, it seemed as if much of the world didn't quite know what to make of the revolutionary leader. The images of loyal Cubans in Havana openly crying in the streets stood in stark contrast to the Cuban exiles and their descendants just 90 miles away in Miami, Florida. While Cuban citizens were mourning, Cuban Americans w Fidel Castro When Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, it seemed as if much of the world didn't quite know what to make of the revolutionary leader. The images of loyal Cubans in Havana openly crying in the streets stood in stark contrast to the Cuban exiles and their descendants just 90 miles away in Miami, Florida. While Cuban citizens were mourning, Cuban Americans were celebrating; they were laughing, dancing, and drinking to celebrate Castro's demise. It seems that Fidel Castro was just as polarizing in death as he was in life. Inside you will read about... - The Beginnings of a Revolutionary - Castro Meets Che Guevara - The Bay of Pigs - The Cuban Missile Crisis - Castro's Soviet Ally - The Assassination Conspiracy - Doctors For Oil And much more! Learn more about the life of one of the twentieth century's most controversial figures.

30 review for Fidel Castro: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Udit Nair

    Hourly History always does a great job in presenting a concise story and yet make it impactful for the reader. Fidel Castro is one of those few leaders who are appreciated and hated at the same time by people. Whichever aisle you hold you surely cannot ignore this revolutionary leader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Apollo Hesiod

    This was a good book, never really know alot about Castro so this was a very inforamtive book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Pandey

    Hourly History should be appreciated at length for ensuring that we have collections of chapters on the major events as well as famous personalities. Castro has been a man who has been known for his tremendous leadership which has made him alive forever in the pages of history. This book covers all the major events which changed the course of world History and Cuba.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    What an Interesting man The Biography of Fidel Was Absolutely interesting and definitely interesting. I would encourage you to read this book and remember a man who can never be called a coward

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    If you are looking for a quick overview of Castro this book will suffice nicely. It needs a bit of editing for grammar. I learned that Castro was very involved in world-wide revolutions; not personally, but as a dictator sending troops and support.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    I must admit that I had very little knowledge of Fidel Castro’s life before he to the role of the Cuban leader that would dare to stand against a larger and much more powerful neighbor; the United States of America. Born on August 13, 1926, into a wealthy and influential family, Fidel showed signs of having a revolutionary spirit at an early age. Before graduating college with a degree in law, Fidel took part in a couple of Latin American political uprisings. His first revolutionary attempts wer I must admit that I had very little knowledge of Fidel Castro’s life before he to the role of the Cuban leader that would dare to stand against a larger and much more powerful neighbor; the United States of America. Born on August 13, 1926, into a wealthy and influential family, Fidel showed signs of having a revolutionary spirit at an early age. Before graduating college with a degree in law, Fidel took part in a couple of Latin American political uprisings. His first revolutionary attempts were failures but nevertheless an important chapter leading to his ultimate success. If revolutionary tenacity could be graded, Fidel Castro would earn a gold star. His revolutionary forces finally defeated the United States backed dictator, General Fulgencio Batista, and Castro was hailed the hero of the revolution. As the new leader of a small island nation in the shadow of the greatest economic and political powerhouse in the world, few options were open for trade, support, and aid. The archenemy of the United States and the capitalistic west, the Soviet Union, was a made to order candidate. Much has been written about the tumultuous 60’s, with the failed invasion at the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis that soon followed. Throughout this time and for the following sixty years, Cuba has remained steadfast as a beacon (or ulcer for the United States) of revolution. You can applaud or condemn the actions of Castro. You can support or oppose his vision of government. If you study his life and accomplishments, you will undoubtedly admire his tenacity and steadfast focus on his goals in the face of an ever-changing political and economic world and against all odds. Castro died on November 25, 2016, less than eleven months ago. His legacy is now in question. Only time will tell what political, social, and economical road Cuba will follow once the reins of power pass from the Castro family.

  7. 5 out of 5

    F. Denise

    Probably over simplistic but good none the less. He forgot to mention the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. When Fidel passes a way I couldn’t help but laugh, he survived all those attempts on his life and lived to a old age, while all those who tried to kill you had been long gone. Karma?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert Waldo

    This book provided a fairly complete, yet concise overview of a rather common person, who ended up having a profound influence on his country, as well as the world (vis-a-vis: USA, USSR) . Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but I cannot help but wonder how different and perhaps how magnificent that island country could have been without the radical, violent, and bloody revolution of Fidel and his followers. He could have been easily eliminated (executed) before he ever usurped the leadership of the This book provided a fairly complete, yet concise overview of a rather common person, who ended up having a profound influence on his country, as well as the world (vis-a-vis: USA, USSR) . Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but I cannot help but wonder how different and perhaps how magnificent that island country could have been without the radical, violent, and bloody revolution of Fidel and his followers. He could have been easily eliminated (executed) before he ever usurped the leadership of the country. I can imagine an island paradise, frequented by well-to-do American tourists, while reaping rich rewards for its native people.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mihalchick

    Very interesting Like all books from this publisher its well researched. Castro was boogeyman to we boomers. I can still remember watching Kennedy on tv showing pictures of nuclear missiles in Cuba. The book does a good job of explaining his true to power.

  10. 5 out of 5

    hugh smith

    As ever your books are very informative and much appreciated, my only comment on this one is no mention of Fidel's very important ventures in Angola. Not mention the subsequent and poor performance against the South Africans of the day. As ever your books are very informative and much appreciated, my only comment on this one is no mention of Fidel's very important ventures in Angola. Not mention the subsequent and poor performance against the South Africans of the day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Good but not great I was truly looking forward to this one but was left disappointed. Spelling and grammatical errors, omitting of certain facts. Sad stuff if you are writing about history.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nico

    A tad short, but helpful to get a quick overview of Cuban history and Castro's life. A tad short, but helpful to get a quick overview of Cuban history and Castro's life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alpi

    But does justice to the towering personality.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This overview is OK, and I have read better presented biographical overviews. It passed the time for me during my commute.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Parker

    Presidente Corismo I grew up during the 60s and the Kennedy presidency was my first political awareness. It was an interesting read filling in the gaps.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi

    This is a good overview of Castro’s life. It is in need of editing and is riddled with spelling and grammar errors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sanyam Bagaria

    A nice summary A very nice summary on one of the most controversial figured in the recent history. The stories sound very well researched.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madelon

    After reading Hourly History's COLD WAR, it seemed only natural to read FIDEL CASTRO. As a baby boomer (born in 1947), I well remember JFK and Khrushchev going toe-to-toe in a way that appeared would bring us beyond the brink of nuclear war. By virtue of the fact that I am sitting here writing this review says the disaster was averted. Many of us tend to associate Castro with two things. The first is, of course, the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion and the second is the Cuban Missile Crisis. There After reading Hourly History's COLD WAR, it seemed only natural to read FIDEL CASTRO. As a baby boomer (born in 1947), I well remember JFK and Khrushchev going toe-to-toe in a way that appeared would bring us beyond the brink of nuclear war. By virtue of the fact that I am sitting here writing this review says the disaster was averted. Many of us tend to associate Castro with two things. The first is, of course, the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion and the second is the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is much more to Fidel Castro than the revolutionary. He was a well-educated lawyer who essentially wanted the best for the people of Cuba. I see parallels between Castro's history with that of Ho Chi Minh. Neither of them started out as Communists, yet neither could garner support from the United States to the benefit of their nation. US alliances drove both of these men into the open arms of Communism. I took a political science class, at the College of the City of New York (CCNY), back in the early 70s, where one of the required books was THE COLD WAR AS HISTORY, by Louis Halle. It was an eye-opener then and the Cold War wasn't even over. It is impossible to know everything about history and the people who helped make it. With the advent of Hourly History's creation of short reads on specific people, places and events, it is possible to put the past into better perspective.

  19. 4 out of 5

    pradip kumar deka

    Incidentall hero not with great mind.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauryn hall

  21. 5 out of 5

    Martin Langley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda Leazar

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Srilakshmi Reddy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Fuchsman

  26. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

  27. 5 out of 5

    Balki

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ron Navarra

  29. 5 out of 5

    MR M WALTERS

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dhruv Bhandula

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