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|Named Person:||Fidel Castro; Fidel Castro; Fidel Castro|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Robert E Quirk
|Description:||xiii, 898 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Robert E. Quirk.|
Politics. But his bid to head the student federation failed. He graduated with a law degree and a residue of resentment against the institution that had thwarted his ambition. He remained a loner, with no deep attachments, even to the women he attracted." "In gripping detail, Professor Quirk follows Castro as he forms a small band to bring down the regime of Fulgencio Batista by leading a quixotic attack on an army barracks. Captured, imprisoned, and eventually exiled to Mexico, he recruits other insurgents, including the Argentine medical doctor, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, for a voyage of liberation that ends in near disaster on the south coast of Cuba. Pursued by Batista's army, the rebel commander, with only a few comrades, disappears into the mists of Oriente's Sierra Maestra." "From the security of that mountain hideout, he organizes the small-scale attacks that, together with the urban underground's sabotage, culminate in the dictator's flight from the island on New Year's Day, 1959. On a wave of popular support, Castro is swept into power." "When the Eisenhower administration frustrates Castro's desire to build the most powerful army in Latin America, he turns to the Soviet Union and joins the communist camp." "As Cuba's prime minister Castro challenges a succession of American presidents and exasperates officials in Moscow, gaining the world's attention during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the 1962 Missile Crisis -
Events freshly viewed here. His economic ambitions race beyond reality: to produce more milk than the Netherlands and finer cheeses than France, to run the capitalist sugar producers out of business. Some of his projects succeed. Schools and hospitals are built; illiteracy is ended. More fail, and the revolution turns on its own, when former comrades, as well as leading writers and intellectuals, are jailed. Ultimately, the collapse of the Soviet Union makes manifest the extent of his failures. No longer able to promise a Marxist paradise on earth, Fidel Castro has, in the author's words, "become irrelevant."" "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."--Jacket.
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