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by Tad Szulc

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Tad Szulc
ISBN: 0380699567
ISBN13: 978-0380699568
Language: English
Publisher: Avon Books; First Edition edition (December 1, 1987)
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Fidel: A Critical Portrait, page 1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63. 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92. FIDEL.

I read Tad Szulc's book "FIDEL: A Critical Portrait" during the late 1980s Critical, but relatively balanced; a detailed look at Fidel through 1985.

I read Tad Szulc's book "FIDEL: A Critical Portrait" during the late 1980s. It's one of the best biographies of Fidel Castro that I've had the pleasure of reading. The book also contains a first-rate map of Cuba. Mar 24, 2017 Julio César rated it really liked it. This was a long read, indeed. As many other readers, I got to this book through Jon Lee Anderson's Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. Critical, but relatively balanced; a detailed look at Fidel through 1985. Too bad Szulc is no longer around to write a second volume, covering the Special Period to the funeral cortège.

Only Tad Szulc could bring Fidel to such vivid life - the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster

Only Tad Szulc could bring Fidel to such vivid life - the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.

Tadeusz Witold Szulc (July 25, 1926 – May 21, 2001) was an author and foreign correspondent for The New York Times from 1953 to 1972. Szulc was born in Warsaw, Poland, the son of Seweryn and Janina Baruch Szulc. He attended Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. In 1940 he emigrated from Poland to join his family in Brazil; it had left Poland in the mid-1930s.

Fidel: a critical portrait. Long-time Latin Americanist and journalist Szulc offers a welcome, clearly written full-length portrait of one of the world's most enigmatic leaders.

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Only Tad Szulc could bring Fidel to such vivid life - the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.

Fidel: : A Critical Portrait. Book Format: Choose an option. Only Tad Szulc could bring Fidel to such vivid life-the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.

Never before has any biographer had such close access to Fidel Castro as did Tad Szule. The outcome of a long, direct relationship, this riveting portrait reveals astonishing and exclusive information about Cuba, the revolution, and the notorious, larger-than-life leader who has ruled his country with an iron fist for more than forty years.

Only Tad Szule could bring Fidel to such vivid life--the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.

From Jesuit schools to jungle hideouts and the Palace of the Revolution, here is Fidel...The Untold Story.

Never before has any biographer had such close access to Fidel Castro as did Tad Szulc. The outcome of a long, direct relationship, this riveting portrait reveals astonishing and exclusive information about Cuba, the revolution, and the notorious, larger-than-life leader who has ruled his country with an iron fist for more than forty years.

Only Tad Szulc could bring Fidel to such vivid life--the loves and losses of the man, the devious tactics of the conspirator, the triumphs and defeats of the revolutionary leader who challenged an American president and brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.

From Jesuit schools to jungle hideouts and the Palace of the Revolution, here is FIDEL...THE UNTOLD STORY.

Comments to eBook Fidel: A Critical Portrait
Gardagar
A very thorough and objective analysis of Fidel Castro, however favorably or unfavorably one may view the subject as a person and public figure. Fidel was of course a very complicated individual with more than his share of inconsistencies, contradictions, and weaknesses, as well as strengths and accomplishments. The author manages to produce a well-researched and "fair and balanced" interpretation of Fidel's decisions and actions. And, the reader is rewarded with a well-researched, well-written, often intriguing, and in some ways entertaining account of a bigger-than-life figure. It is amazing (and I suspect this reflects positively on Fidel) that Castro apparently approved of Szulc's early draft of the book, including a number of negative accounts of decisions and actions he took. I don't think there is anything out there yet that compares with this rendering of Fidel Castro. Maybe someone will come a long and complete the story from 1986 to 2017, which would be interesting. Given how well Szulc captured the essence of the man and the public figure through 1986, anything after that would be a postscript.
Vozilkree
The author, having known Castro and having been granted a number of interviews, tries hard and succeeds at being objective. Castro who had met great resistance from the old communist party of Cuba eventually accepted aid and advice from Soviet Russia. One wonders what might have happened if the United States had aided him instead. This is yet another story of how the US's refusal to accept nationalism as a major force in the world drove many countries into the arms of the Russians. Was it possible to have co-existed in a world where socialist countries could have prospered without being dominated and controlled by Russia? Read this book and wonder
fetish
5.0 out of 5 stars a very in depth look at the "jefe maximo". ..., March 28, 2017
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a very in depth look at the "jefe maximo". extraordinary amount of names and details and how he worked his way up with his intelligence, patience and bravery. no matter what you think of castro politically or personally, you have to give him credit for these qualities. one thing i didn't understand is why the author described some relevant photos, but didn't show them. perhaps he couldn't get rights to them which would be understandable, but i think he should have mentioned the reason. another minor point is the exclusion of footnotes. the author does reveal his sources at the end, but some footnotes and quotes would have been helpful while reading. a fascinating book about a fascinating and charismatic figure in history.
Sinredeemer
This is an excellent biography by journalist Tad Szulc that portrays the life of Fidel Castro from his childhood, his Havana University days, and as leader of the Cuban Revolution. The first two thirds of this 650+ page book covers Castro's activities before the triumph of the Revolution. The author makes the observation that Castro grew up in an area economically dominated by American businesses, a fact that may have planted a seed of resentment in the young impressionable Fidel. Several chapters cover Castro's initial planning and execution of his first military assault of the Batista dictatorship at the Moncada barracks in 1953. It is evident from the Moncada Manifesto and the make up of his troops that his political movement was of a democratic nature and called for the restoration of the 1940 constitution. The only evidence of communist indoctrination only seems to exist under the command of his brother Raul and that of Guevara in 1958. Once the Revolution triumphs in 1959, Szluc goes into a detailed account of how Castro manipulated the country politically, militarily, and economically into the Soviet Communist Bloc with a parallel government that operated behind the cover of the pro-democracy cabinet led by provisional President Urrutia, who resigned his post and went into exile by mid-1959 because of communist infiltration in the government. Of particular interest are the narrations on the 1959 agrarian reform, the Bay of Pigs, the Escambray rebellion, and the Missile Crisis. Not much material on Castro's political repression, his interventionism in Latin America and not much on his militarist adventures in Africa. I would enjoy the story about Castro more if it was extended to go beyond the year 1985 - after the fall of the Soviet Union. Reader has to beware, as it is obvious that the interviews with Fidel and his cadre are mainly geared toward propaganda effects, although they are sometimes insightful. As a matter of fact, this book by Szulc is recommended in my own book about Memories from the Land of the Intolerant Tyrant (available from Blue Note Books) as one of the best about Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution.
LadyShlak
Even so the book is developed many years before Fidel's last days, it is a good source of history because the author at all time maintained its objectivity.
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