Early in Ann Louise Bardach's Cuban voyage she came across Cartas de Presidio or The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro. Edited by Luis Conte Aguero, who was the recipient of most of these letters, they are cited in every important work from Hugh Thomas' opus Cuba to Tad Szulc's Fidel biography, and everything in between and since. These twenty-one letters (nine to Conte Aguero, six to his late sister and close collaborator, Lidia, one to his wife Mirta, one to his comrade in combat, Melba Hernandez letters, one to the great scholar Jorge Manach) are regarded as the single most valuable and revelatory document regarding Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. Never before published in English, these letters were written when Castro was imprisoned for his failed attack on the Moncada from 1953 to 1955 and reveal a man of spectacular ambition and steely determination. A man, who despite being incarcerated to serve a lengthy prison term, never wavers in his confidence that he will one day rule Cuba.
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Ann Louise Bardach is an award-winning investigative journalist who has been covering Cuba for ten years for The New York Times, Vanity Fair and other national publications. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, Today, Dateline, CNN, The O'Reilly Factor, Charlie Rose and NPR. She is the author of Cuba Confidential and lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
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Published in 2007, this bilingual edition of The prison letters of Fidel Castro, is the first since the original publication of Cartas del Presidio, an edition which has long been out of print.The edition comes with a long preface, and an afterword by one of Fidel Castro's contemporaries, Luis Conte Aguero, who suffered a prison sentence and exile after Castro rose to power. Conte Aguero was thrown in prison for quoting from Castro's letters, so it is obvious that Castro wanted these letters to be suppressed.For readers interested in the history of Communism, the letters are relatively uninteresting. Castro's reign over Cuba over the past 50 years has sufficiently doused revolutionary enthusiasm to celebrate every scrap published by a leader like that.However, Castro is a very well-educated revolutionary, and his prison letters are very eloquently written. Obviously, for historians of Cuba and the Cuban Revolution, these letters will be compulsory reading.
Are these his letters from prison or the letters of the thousands he put in political prisons?
Received this book a few days ago. It is very interesting and really gives an insite into the brilliant mind of Fidel. It was well worth the purchase price and will be a keepsake of mine.