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Fidel Castro - Robert E. Quirk

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In this masterly biography, the prize-winning historian Robert E. Quirk paints a portrait of the charismatic leader who for more than three decades?nd over eight American presidencies?anaged to sustain a communist regime in the western hemisphere. Fidel Castro emerges as an ambitious rebel, from his earliest years into his student years and adulthood. In gripping detail, Quirk 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 1959 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 1962 Missile Crisis, and an analysis of the successes and failures of his regime to the present day. In its breadth and drama, Fidel Castro is more 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.

"A broad and often devastating indictment of its subject and his historical role... An encyclopedic study of [Castro's] rise to power." -- Mark A. Uhlig - New York Times Book Review "Quirk's combination of detailed historical interpretation and psychological analysis make his the definitive study." -- Library Journal

Preface
The Making of a Revolutionaryp. 3
History Will Absolve Mep. 31
In Durance Vilep. 60
A Stranger in a Strange Landp. 87
The Sierra Maestrap. 119
The General Strikep. 149
The Rebel Victoryp. 177
Rebels in Powerp. 210
The Maximum Leaderp. 244
Foreign Visitorsp. 280
Cuba Yes! Yankees No!p. 310
The Bay of Pigsp. 344
A Conversionp. 380
The Smell of Burningp. 413
In the Land of the Giantsp. 449
The Informerp. 484
The New Manp. 517
A Little Heresyp. 545
Death in a Small Hutp. 567
The Brezhnev-Castro Doctrinep. 586
Outside the Gamep. 604
The F-1 Hybridp. 618
Ten Million Tonsp. 630
Poets and Prisonersp. 651
March of the Empty Potsp. 681
The World Travelerp. 704
A Door Slammedp. 718
Cuba in Africap. 744
A Sea of Difficultiesp. 776
Behold a Pale Horsep. 807
Notesp. 841
Indexp. 887
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780393313277
ISBN-10: 0393313271
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 928
Published: 17th August 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.55  x 3.94
Weight (kg): 1.11
Edition Number: 1