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by Fidel Castro,Ignacio Ramonet

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.
Download Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography epub
ISBN: 1416553282
ISBN13: 978-1416553281
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Fidel Castro,Ignacio Ramonet
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (January 8, 2008)
Pages: 736 pages
ePUB size: 1243 kb
FB2 size: 1976 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 996
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Very interesting. I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis like it was yesterday. Attending a Catholic High School, we stood up throughout the week and said prayers. It was a very tense and scary time. We were only exposed to the US history version of Cuba and Fidel gives his interpretation. Batista was an awful leader when Castro kicked him out. The US was deeply entrenched in the Cuban economy as well as the mafia. Horrendous poverty and corruption were the reasons Castro fought his revolution. Cuba has educated hundreds of thousands of doctors. They have an excellent school system. If you have an open mind, it's definitely worth a read.
Very informative and gives you clear insight into what made Fidel the revolutionary he became. You become much more aware of social and political exploitation and the means that were and still are necessary to end inequality. You gain a fair amount of knowledge on a man who's reputation was tarnished by the United States because of a difference in political thought. I defeinitely think this is a must read for it leads to the reader having an open mind on international and historical affairs.
I bought this book, in the Kindle store, just as I was boarding a plane heading to Havana for the first time in my life, a couple of weeks ago. I think this is a relevant historic document if you are interested in the island, Imperialism and Latin America. For me, the most valuable passages were related to Fidel's narration of historic events. Did care much for the passages in which he defends the Cuban Revolution, not because I judge it, but simply because I found it rather propagandistic. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a bit more Cuba and its history after its independence from Spain and the U.S. I also recommend visiting Cuba.
Excellent reading. It's a little more than an autobiography. A lot of background information.
Fidel is a fascinating man and very controversial figure, to say the least. When you look at how long he has been in power, it is absolutely amazing. So it is nice to finally be able to read about events and ideas from his perspective in his own words. And don't skip the Notes in the back of the book that further explain his comments. These fill in a lot of blanks.

In this interview/autobiography, Castro makes a lot of valid points. Their literacy and health care on the island, and their medical assistance to other countries is commendable. Plus, it is a colossal feat to withstand an embargo for almost 50 years by the "evil empire", the most powerful country in the world.

The US was so paranoid about the spread of communism, that it was intent on destroying the revolution that freed Cuba of Batista, just as the US intervened in Chile and Guatemala by assassinating Allende and Arbenz. Documents even support Castro in the numerous attempts on his life and the US's involvement in undermining the Cuban government, and even harboring terrorists acting against Cuba.

The explanations of the Bay of Pigs and the "Cuban Missile Crisis" alone make the book worth reading.
Interesting, engaging autobiography in question-and-answer format. We get to read Castro's thoughts and personal history aired during a 100-hour interview by a French writer without the influence or self-editing that might have occurred had he been interviewed by an American writer. Castro reveals himself to be extremely intelligent, charismatic and charming. I learned some surprising things, such as he liked President Kennedy and considered him a bright and worthy adversary. Whether we agree with Castro or not, it is evident that the man was passionate about his political beliefs and saw himself as a promoter of human equality.
Fidel Castro has sometimes given better interviews, but none that cover the full scope this does. Castro tells the full story of his life (I'm not interested in his personal life; gossip is just another way to avoid talking about real political issues). And he covers all the major world events he took part in.

Cuba has always been known for its culture, especially music. But before the revolution it was known to many as a virtual colony of the US, which provided tourists with gambling and prostitution. Today, for a country as small as it is, it has a reputation for providing medical care around the world. In Ukraine and Russia, it is remembered as the country who took in the children of Chernobyl, when the Soviet government was more interested in covering the whole thing up.

And Cuba is known around the world, but especially in Africa for their internationalist missions, which helped keep Angola independent, helped to free Namibia, and dealt the apartheid regime a military and moral blow that it was unable to recover from. In 1988, South Africa withdrew from Angola and Namibia, and in 1990, the ANC was unbanned and Nelson Mandela released. On July 26, 1991 Mandela spoke along with Fidel Castro at the anniversary of the revolution celebration, and said "the crushing defeat of the racist army at Cuito Cuanavale [in Angola] was a victory for the whole of Africa.... The defeat of the racist army at Cuito Cuanavale made it possible for me to be here today!" (How Far We Slaves Have Come! South Africa and Cuba in Today's World and Cuba and Angola: Fighting for Africa's Freedom and Our Own. Also see the two books by Piero Gleijeses: Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976 and Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991.

Cuba has played a huge role in fighting racism both at home and internationally (see From the Escambray to the Congo: In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution and Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution.

It has opened the road to the liberation of women (see Women in Cuba: The making of a revolution within the revolution. From Santiago de Cuba and the Rebel Army, to the birth of the Federation of Cuban Women and Marianas in Combat: Tete Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon in Cuba's Revolutionary War 1956-58.

It has made use of the United Nations as a forum to tell the world the truth (see To Speak the Truth: Why Washington's 'Cold War' Against Cuba Doesn't End and U. S. Hands Off the Mideast!: Cuba Speaks Out at the United Nations.

Today it needs the support of the world against the US embargo and to free the remaining three of the Cuban Five The Cuban Five: Who they are; why they were framed; why they should be free and Voices from Prison. The Cuban Five..