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  • Published: 27 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781644213926
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $49.99

Fidel Castro Reader



A comprehensive anthology with more than 30 speeches that span five decades by Fidel Castro, one of history’s greatest orators.

A comprehensive anthology with more than 30 speeches that span five decades by Fidel Castro, one of history’s greatest orators.

Emerging in the 1960s as a leading voice in support of anticolonial struggles, then continuing to play a role in the antiglobalization movement in the subsequent decades, Fidel Castro was an articulate and penetrating—if controversial—political thinker and leader, who outlasted ten US presidents.

Covering five decades of Fidel’s speeches, this selection begins with his famous courtroom defense (“History will Absolve Me”), and also includes his speech on learning of Che Guevara’s death in Bolivia, his analysis of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With his declining health and the emergence of new leaders such as Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia, this book sheds light not just on Castro’s mighty role in Latin America’s past, but also on his legacy for the future. Love him or hate him, this anthology demonstrates that Fidel Castro is a “master of the spoken word,” as Gabriel García Márquez has described him.

The Fidel Castro Reader includes a chronology of the Cuban Revolution, an extensive glossary and index as well as 24 pages of photos.

  • Published: 27 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781644213926
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $49.99

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Praise for Fidel Castro Reader

“Fidel’s devotion to the word is almost magical.” —Gabriel García Márquez

“Fidel is the leader of one of the smallest countries in the world, but he has helped to shape the destinies of millions of people across the globe.” —Angela Davis

“Fidel Castro is a man of the masses… The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” —Nelson Mandela

“Fidel’s is a singing and dancing intellect.” —Alice Walker

“[The editors] have done an admirable, even heroic, job of editing and excerpting this reader [which] serves a purpose for both historians and politicos.”  Foreword Magazine

“Fidel has his own special way of fusing himself with the people, [which] can be appreciated only by seeing him in
action. At the great public mass meetings one can observe something like the dialogue of two tuning forks whose
vibrations interact, producing new sounds. Fidel and the mass begin to vibrate together in a dialogue of growing intensity until they reach a climax in an abrupt conclusion crowned by our cry of struggle and victory.” —Che Guevara