Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

My Life : A Spoken Autobiography

Book - 2007
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Fidel Castro is perhaps the most charismatic and controversial head of state in modern times. A dictatorial pariah to some, he has become a hero and inspiration for many of the world's poor, defiantly charting an independent and revolutionary path for Cuba over nearly half a century. Numerous attempts have been made to get Castro to tell his own story, but only now, in the twilight of his years, has he been prepared to set out the details for the world to read. Drawing on more than one hundred hours of interviews with journalist Ignacio Ramonet, a knowledgeable and trusted interlocutor, this spoken autobiography will stand as the definitive record of an extraordinary life lived in turbulent times.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2007
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416553281
1416553282
Branch Call Number: 972.91064 C279F
Characteristics: v, 723 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ramonet, Ignacio
Hurley, Andrew

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well of course you'd expect a book such as this to be laudatory of the subject, and so it is. ' It's not a question of living by dogmas---it's a question of defending what you think on the basis of arguments, reasoning.' ' Kennedy showed himself to be reasonable. He did not take advantage of the October crisis to give the order for the fleet to step in.' " A selected timeline of Fidel's life: September11, 1980, Castro diplomat Felix Garcia is assassinated in New York City, by anti-Castro terrorist group, Omega7." // What we knew was happening from the illegal immigrant crowd, that you could hire them to do anything, they didn't care...well, people were saying the crowd were taking away jobs from the black community. I haven't seen any Hispanics taking away the job of putting up illegal posters on the poles of our community....it seems clever: where the postered poles are, that is the boundary line of 'us,' and where people prefer not to see dirty, tattered old pieces of paper (and don't forget the smell, especially in the wintertime)is the boundary of where straight people live. ' We can do anything we want, we're about freedom, and helping victims....' ' We're not corporate robots, you are.' ' We think it's righteous to let people ride the bus for free,as long as they do it politely.' ' It's all because of the Evil Master, and his regime, just read the New York Times, watch CNN, MSNBC, all those talking heads agree, and repeat the same lying message, over and over again. So why shouldn't we have poster after poster on poster lasting long time and never leaving except for once in awhile, according to our righteous timetable, only.' ' The cops don't care, they're with us.' This is an end result of following the philosophy of a Castro. But it really depends on the people, for Ayn Rand or L Ron Hubbard could just as easily be twisted into what the leaders want us to do . It's selective, that is to say, it is situational. It is here and now, and the propaganda is the #1 tool. So get your stinking, ugly propaganda off the peoples' poles! Make your events known, otherwise! //Further on i read: Castro discusses his thoughts and motivations behind how he dealt with a hijacker who succeeded with a single hand grenade (oh the days were so much simpler, then, weren't they?) Succeeded in wresting control of a passenger plane, with its passengers, to himself. This was in the Bahamas, and refueling was a main issue at point. It is fascinating to have revealed to me the thoughts of this often oppressive leader, yet one we had to live with for many decades. Most appreciated by me is how he dispassionately takes apart the intelligence community's explanation for the assassination of Presedent Kennedy. Dispassionately, yes, but with an ironic tone, especially when discussing Jack Ruby , and how he was able to silence Lee Oswald.

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