Fidel Castro

A Biography

by Thomas M. Leonard


Explores the complex life of the enduring Cuban dictator, highlighting both his successes and failures.

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June 2004


Pages 184
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government

Fidel Castro has ruled Cuba for over 40 years, yet he remains one of the world's most complex leaders. Rebellious at an early age, he attemped to organize a strike of sugar workers against his father as a teenager. By his early twenties, he made it clear that he was an opponent of the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and wanted a social change for Cuba. His leadership of the successful revolution in 1959 led him to political power behind the support of the Cuban people. For decades critics have predicted his fall from power, but he remains the uncontested leader.

Castro's life and career are described in this biography, including his childhood, family, education, and political endeavors. Readers will learn of his attendance at Havana Law School, his imprisonment, his rise to political power, along with history topics and events such as communism, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Cuban missile crisis. A timeline provides a comprehensive list of important events in his life, and a bibliography covers print and electronic sources for further research.

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Greenwood Biographies

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  • Coverage from birth to death or the present day
  • Timeline highlighting significant biographical events and career contributions
  • Portfolio of photographs depicting the subject at different stages of life
  • Bibliography of print and electronic resources recommended for further study

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Table of Contents

PrefaceTime LineGrowing Up in CubaFrom Moncada to HavanaThe Russians Are ComingInstitutionalization and Stagnation of Castro's Revolution"Socialismo O Muerte"ConclusionSelected Bibliography

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