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Title:
Fidel Castro : a biography
Author:
Leonard, Thomas M., 1937-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xiii, 151 pages; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Growing up in Cuba -- From Moncada to Havana -- The Russians are coming -- Institutionalization and stagnation of Castro's revolution -- "Socialismo o muerte".
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ISBN:
9780313323010
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

THOMAS M. LEONARD is Professor of History at the University of North Florida.


Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Timelinep. xv
Chapter 1 Growing Up in Cubap. 1
Chapter 2 From Moncada to Havanap. 21
Chapter 3 The Russians Are Comingp. 45
Chapter 4 The Institutionalization and Stagnation of Castro's Revolutionp. 71
Chapter 5 Socialismo o Muertep. 97
Chapter 6 Conclusionp. 127
Further Readingp. 131
Indexp. 143