Fidel Castro

  • by Fidel Castro, Ignacio Ramonet
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren, Patrick Lawlor
  • 26 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For decades, people have tried to persuade the leader of the Cuban Revolution to tell his own life story. Ignacio Ramonet, the celebrated editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique, has finally succeeded. For the first time, in a series of extensive and probing interviews, Fidel Castro describes his life from the 1950s to the present day. In frank and compelling detail, he discusses his parents and his childhood, his earliest influences, the beginnings of the revolution, his relationship with Che Guevara, the drama of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Jimmy Carter years, Cuban migration to the United States, his dealings with successive American presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, and his relationship with such controversial leaders as Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez. Along the way, Ramonet challenges Castro to discuss his views on a number of controversial questions, from human rights and freedom of the press to the repression of homosexuality and the survival of the death penalty in Cuba. This book will stand as the definitive record of an extraordinary life lived in turbulent times.

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What the Critics Say

"Enormously fascinating." (Booklist)
"A book of great importance to anyone interested in contemporary history and current events." (Kirkus)

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In His Own Words

First, I am not pro-Castro. However, having spend some time in his Cuba I was interested in what this head of state had to say. I wanted to get a glimpse of Castro the man. "Fidel Castro: My Life" has gotten me about as close to the man as I could get.

Ignacio Ramonet has spent over 100 hours interviewing Castro. Those thoughts are contained here. The book follows a Q&A format which is helpful. The prose is polished and well read by two readers. One reads the questions and the second plays the part of Castro.

Whatever your attitude toward the Revolution, this book is very interesting. The stories, even from Castro's perspective, are engaging and informative.

The book has a rather lengthy introduction. If you are pro-Revolution, you will be rewarded. If you are anti-Castro, you might not continue the book. I was a little put off, but greatly rewarded for continuing on and opening my mind to the narrative. The introduction is also helpful and should not be skipped because Ramonet details his interview and writing methodology.

Listen to the book if you believe it is fiction. Listen if you believe in Castro.
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- Roy

Restraint. Resolve. Vision.

I listened to this book while on holiday in Santiago de Cuba and found Castro fascinating: his restraint, resolve, moral vision are inspiring and I think that history will judge him to be one of the towering figures of his century.
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- Glen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio