Item description for Fidel Castro Reader by David Deutschmann & Deborah Shnookal...
Here, at last, is a comprehensive anthology presenting the voice of one of history's greatest orators, Fidel Castro. Love him or hate him, there is no denying he is a "master of the spoken word," as Gabriel Garca Mrquez has said.
Emerging in the 1960s as a leading voice in support of Third World anticolonial struggles and continuing to play a role in the antiglobalization movement of today, Fidel Castro remains an articulate and penetrating-if controversial-political thinker and leader, who has outlasted ten hostile US presidents.
His direct, forthright approach, his incredible grasp of diverse economic, historical, and cultural topics, and his idealism stand in stark contrast against the spin and superficiality of most political leaders.
Covering five decades of Fidel's speeches, this selection begins with his famous courtroom defense ("History will Absolve Me"), and also includes his speech on learning of Che Guevara's death in Bolivia, his analysis of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With his declining health and the emergence of new leaders such as Hugo Chvez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia, this book sheds light not just on Castro's mighty role in Latin America's immediate past, but also on his legacy for the future.
The Fidel Castro Reader includes a chronology of the Cuban Revolution and an extensive glossary. As the first anthology of Castro's speeches to be published in English since the 1960s, this is an essential resource for both scholars and general readers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Ocean Press
ISBN 1920888888 ISBN13 9781920888886
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More About David Deutschmann & Deborah Shnookal
David Deutschmann is an Australian author whose recent books include the anthologies Fidel Castro Reader (2004) and Che Guevara Reader (2003).
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Finally. And Forever. Dec 17, 2007
At last. A work we have long been waiting for from Ocean Press has finally arrived. And it is a text which will be read for centuries to come by the English-reading world.
Fidel Castro was the greatest and most human leader of the 20th Century. In this book, in presentation after presentation, Fidel embodies with burning passion the values of communion, courage, joy, humor, compassion, sorrow, remembrance, true justice and -- perhaps most important of all -- HONESTY. One comes away from the "Reader" thinking that perhaps Fidel Castro, for all the Cold War nonsense regarding East vs. West, North vs. South etc, was the greatest Christian leader of all time. Christian in fact, in deed, in thought -- rather than the vampires and their minions who have so degraded that term.
In the Big Dark of the Bush Reich, it is very easy to feel a daily despair. This book cures that. With humor, outrage, incredible brilliance, and total honesty. One example:
"The fascists stop at nothing. They try to find the weak spot. They invent the most ridiculous lies. They try to create terror and unrest among the people by telling the most outrageous lies. Their appeal is always to the gutter instincts: hatred, fear, racism, economic insecurity, selfishness, ignorance. They feed off of keeping people stupid. They resort to every method they can think of. And what do fascists do when their own institutions no longer guarantee their domination? How do they react when the mechanisms they've depended on historically to maintain their domination fail them? They simply go ahead and destroy those institutions, without a moment's look back. The fascists stop at nothing."
Commandante Castro may not make it to the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution. But he will live forever.