Journey to the Heart of Cuba: Life as Fidel Castro

Journey to the Heart of Cuba: Life as Fidel Castro

Journey to the Heart of Cuba: Life as Fidel Castro

Journey to the Heart of Cuba: Life as Fidel Castro

Synopsis

A former university professor delves into the mind and psyche of Fidel Castroand the forces that have kept him in power in Cuba.

Excerpt

No other living political figure provokes so much anthropological curiosity as Fidel Castro. His beard and olive green uniform have entered the iconography of the 20 century along with Hitler's mustache, Churchill's cigar and Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat. He ensconced himself on the front pages of the newspapers and for half a century there has been no way to evict him. His ability to retain his grasp on the scepter has made it into Guinness: no Iberian American dictator—Franco included—has lasted this long. He has been at the helm of the Cuban state for more than 40 years. With a cunning smile, firmly idle, he has watched nine united States presidents file past. Sometimes he has had the patience to sit at the door of his shop and watch the cadavers of his enemies pass by. others, he has rushed to order executed. Any measure is acceptable if his position of power is at stake.

His infinite eloquence is legendary—especially when there are more than three people gathered and he feels the irrepressible desire to demonstrate his immense erudition. This compulsive urge multiplies exponentially with relation to the size of his audience. The more people, the longer and more convoluted the speeches. If the podium is high and the plaza is large, his loquacity is exacerbated. Then he really lets loose. He arrives at the critical phase of verbal incontinence. His . . .

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