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Fidel Castro ➸ Fidel Castro Free ➮ Author Robert E. Quirk – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Fidel Castro emerges as an ambitious rebel from his earliest years into his student years and adulthoodIn gripping detail uirk follows Castro as his first failed attempt to bring down the regime of Fu Fidel Castro emerges as an ambitious rebel from his earliest years into his student years and adulthoodIn gripping detail uirk follows Castro as his first failed attempt to bring down the regime of Fulgencio Batista is followed by the small scale attacks from the Sierra Maestra mountains that culminate in the dictator's flight from Cuba in and Castro's sweep into power The story provides a new account of Castro's relations with the United States and the Soviet Union including the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Missile Crisis and an analysis of the successes and failures of his regime to the present dayIn its breadth and drama Fidel Castro is than the story of one ambitious man steering his nation on a dangerous and doomed course It is also a parable of a small country caught up in the throes of international rivalries and world revolution.


10 thoughts on “Fidel Castro

  1. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    This is a biography written by an author who did not like his subject which creates two problems 1 it fails to explain the subject's successes and 2it alienates the reader who admires or is at least sympathetic to the subjectOne has the feeling that uirk's dislike of Castro stems from personal distaste or from being of a different ideological bent Certainly uirk has low regard for many of Castro's character traits Castro in his view was uncultured bombastic buffoonish and as the years advanced increasingly arbitrary in his governing manner An admirer might view the same behaviors and then describe Castro as being close to the people effusive as an orator humorous and decisive Certainly Castro did not come from a cultured family During the modest number of years he spent at university very little of his time was spent in the classroom He was long winded and utterly dominated his cabinetuirk concedes that he never interviewed Castro personally He acknowledges in passing that it may have been because he was easy to recognize as a hostile interviewer but spends most of time hammering away at the point that Castro whenever possible only granted interviews to young attractive female journalistsuirk revels in recounting how Castro having grown up on a very primitive and neglected farm considering himself to be an agricultural genius He closely directed his government's agricultural research which was constantly undertaking lunatic projects and ultimately accomplishing nothinguirk also takes pleasure in pointing out that Castro was never able to solve any of Cuba's fundamental economic problems Here one must take some issue with uirk If ready solutions had existed to Cuba's economic problems the Batista regime would never have fallen What brought Batista down was the US Department of Agriculture's heavy subsidization of American sugar beet production which severely reduced the market for Cuba's only export of significance Of course while this was going on the State Department was subsidizing Batista's military in a delightful of example of right hand and left hand working at cross purposes Once in power Castro was faced with the problem of the Soviet Block not being able to absorb all the sugar Cuba could produceuirk's biography is well worth the time it takes to read it He regards Castro and his regime with an appropriately critical eye While I think it is unfair to blame Uncle Sam for all of Latin America's problems I am not aware of any economist from anywhere on the ideological spectrum who would not acknowledge that the policies of the US Department of Agriculture at times did severe damage to the economies of its Latin American neighbours Read this book but take the time to look at the other side of the debate on Castro


  2. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    I've read two biographies of Fidel Castro this one and that written by Tad Szulc Of the two I recommend the latter as its author had the fortune to actually know the Cuban President personally in addition to studying him critically uirk's book is written at a greater distance and with less sympathetic understanding it being as much about the regime as about the person


  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    This is another biography about fidel castroThis book gives a lot of info on him This really helped me on my school project on him Each important event is described in this book


  4. HansBlog.de HansBlog.de says:

    Aus HansBlogde Das großformatige dicht bedruckte schwere Buch reicht bis 1992 ist sehr flüssig erzählt und tief recherchiert Zudem macht Robert E uirks Biografie Castro Kuba und die Zeit sehr lebendig er wäre auch ein guter Magazinjournalist er studierte lt Vorwort einst Journalismus; ich kenne nur das englische Original als WW Norton Taschenbuch nicht die dt Übersetzung Gelegentlich fragte ich mich wie uirk an gewisse atmosphärische Details gekommen sein will zumal die Zuordnung von Textstellen und uellenbelegen in den Endnoten unübersichtlich ist pro faktenprallem Absatz nur eine Endnote dort dann mehrere uellenangaben ohne zeilengenaue Zuordnung Länger widmet sich US Professor uirk 1918 – 2009 auch Che Guevara und Salvador Allende Frank País und Raúl Castro erscheinen eher knapp noch knapper Celia Sanchez Fast völlig ignoriert uirk die kubanische Mafia die sonst oft als Grund für kubanische Unzufriedenheit vor 1959 erscheint in uirks Stichwortverzeichnis erscheint Mafia gar nicht und Pate Meyer Lansky nur zwei mal uirk bewertet Castro zunächst nicht explizit Aber er bringt reihenweise Begebenheiten und Zitate die alle in die gleiche Richtung gehen und ein sehr geschlossenes Bild von Castro ergeben; ob uirk dabei einseitig ist weiß ich nicht Ab etwa Seite 400 1962 tritt seine Meinung offener hervor In dieser sehr langen Biografie schildert uirk einige Dinge zu ausführlich die wirre kubanische Parteienlandschaft der frühen 1950er Jahre die inneramerikanischen Vorgänge vor dem Schweinebuchtüberfall den er wie die Kubakrise aus US Sicht beschreibt Castros meterlange betonköpfige Reden und TV Auftritte; damit will uirk den Líder offenbar wieder und wieder und wieder in ein bestimmtes Licht stellen; hier hätte der Verlag kürzen müssenBloßstellen will uirk sicher auch einige Schriftsteller und Intellektuelle bis hin zu Gabriel García Maruez; deren regimetreue Ergebenheitsadressen breitet der Biograf genüsslich aus Hatte er über die ersten rund 500 Seiten streng chronologisch erzählt liefert er zu Schriftstellern Unterdrückung und Kuba in Afrika einige Hintergrundkapitel die mehrere Jahrzehnte im Schnelldurchlauf schildern Übersicht des uirk Castro Buchs in der engl TB Ausgabe von WW Norton Gesamtseiten ca 899 dabei mehr Text pro Seite als übliche BücherSeiten Haupttext ca 843 je nach Berücksichtigung von Leerseiten wechselnder Paginierung etc entstehen andere ZählungenSeiten Anhang ca 57SW Fotoseiten 16 auf Textdruckpapier nicht paginiertGewicht 1145 gkeine Zeittafel keine Jahreszahlen über den Seiten im HaupttextDie Absätze in den langen Kapiteln werden grundsätzlich nur durch einfache Zeilenschaltung getrennt – nicht auch mal durch doppelte Zeilenschaltung also eine Leerzeile die Orientierung und Luft zum Atmen gibt Zitate rückt uirk grundsätzlich nicht blockartig ein Insgesamt entsteht also ein sehr homogenes vielleicht schon zu gleichförmiges Textbild auf den sehr großen dicht bedruckten Seiten Im Jahr 1992 endet die Biografie mit einer eindeutigen Prognose für Castros Schicksal im Jahr 2000 Bei der professionellen Kritik wurde das Buch weniger beachtet Die FAZ verriss Inhalt und Übersetzung der deutschen Ausgabe Kurzvergleich mit Volker Skierkas Castro BiografieVolker Skierkas Biografie reicht bis ins Jahr 2000 also weiter als uirks Buch Trotzdem ist Skierkas Buch deutlich kürzer Skierka schreibt weitaus unpersönlicher wie ein historisches Lehrbuch Lebendig werden Land und Líder nur bei uirk nicht bei Skierka; Skierka zitiert Castro nur mit langen staatstragenden Sätzen uirk auch mit viel persönlichem O Ton; durch die tendenziöse? Wiedergabe von Begebenheiten und Zitaten die alle eine ähnliche Richtung gehen signalisiert uirk unmissverständlich seine Meinung über Castro ohne dass er sie explizit äußern müsste – bei Skierka hat Castro eine andere und auf jeden Fall blassere Persönlichkeit uirk schreibt sehr lange streng chronologisch und später mit übersichtlichen Rückblenden zu Schwerpunktthemen wie Schriftstellern und Afrika Engagement; Skierka liefert gelegentlich etwas verwirrende Zeitsprünge uirk schreibt zudem viel flüssiger ich kenne von uirk nur das englische Original und teils richtig spannend davon kann bei Skierka keine Rede sein Nur Skierka geht jedoch auf die Rolle der Mafia vor 1959 ein und zitiert DDR uellen uirk bespricht viel ausführlicher den US kubanischen Austausch und Vorgänge in US Stellen Nur Skierka bietet Zusammenfassungen und Resümees etwa zu Castros Verhältnis zu Demokratie oder Religion; dies wird bei uirk teils implizit deutlich


  5. Kingpen Kingpen says:

    Very enlightening Very well written


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  7. Gus V. Gus V. says:

    Though a bit long and tedious 900 pages this is an excellent comprehensive and well organized biography of Fidel Castro from the days of his childhood to his rise to power in Cuba and the world stage uirk's first chapter is probably the best 30 page narration of Castro's pre revolutionary days from his childhood in his father's affluent plantation thru his Havana University days and initial affiliation with Eduardo Chibas' liberal flavored Orthodox Party uirk tells us about life at the Castro estates that by the 1920's Castro's father had become wealthy with close to 25000 acres one of the largest estates in Cuba We learn that from childhood Fidel Castro respected and admired his father's strong macho and much feared persona and counted weapons as his most prized possessions including rifles pistols and shotguns His life as a child and as a revolutionary was one long love affair with firearms and his speeches would have many references to blood and to the prospects of violence and deathI was highly impressed with uirk's narration of the early days of the Cuban Revolution 1959 60 a period when Fidel Castro deceived his liberal and moderate allies in the struggle against Batista back from the Moncada days in 1953 was able to form an alliance with the Communists starting in 1959 consolidating his power as defense minister and eventually having a strong enough power base by mid 1960 when he cancelled elections suppressed freedom of the press and started a campaign of property confiscation Castro's interaction with high level cabinet members is covered showing his micromanagement style and tendency to provide direction in capricious whims on anything from the agrarian reform to housing projects Events in 1959 60 such as the cancellation of elections and the confiscation of private property set up confrontations with the US which resulted in the Bays of Pigs in 1961 and the Missile Crises in 1962 However little mention is made of Castro's interventionism in Latin America starting in 1959 uirk goes on to end with Castro's heady days of adventurism in Africa and to his authoritarian control of a country that he has wrecked politically and economically As a matter of fact uirk's biography of Castro is one of the top recommendations in my book Memories from the Land of the Intolerant Tyrant available from Blue Note Books


  8. Dingaan Dingaan says:

    inspirational autobiographyit shows how Cuba under Castro's leadership managed to successfully apply a socialist form of governance


  9. Nena Romo Nena Romo says:

    this is taking waaaaay too long


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