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Young Castro : the making of a revolutionary / Jonathan M. Hansen.

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  • ISBN: 9781476732473
  • ISBN: 1476732477
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Like father -- Mornings on horseback -- School days -- Quixotic (in the best sense) -- Salad days -- We finally have a leader -- God and the devil -- The great books -- True love -- Exile -- To wake the nation -- Keeping order in the hemisphere -- Plan fin-de-fidel -- Fin-de-fulgencio.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    Hansen brings imposing research and notable erudition to this account of Fidel Castro's early life. He also benefits from having been able to interview an old lover of Castro's, who gave him access to her papers. As a result, we learn much that we haven't known before about the privileged young man who became a revolutionary. Hansen shows that Castro's life as a student was notable for his superior intelligence (including a photographic memory), sympathetic relations with workers (since childhood), athleticism, and early charisma. As a student leader, Castro was drawn to the law and politics, though his early experience in these areas was orthodox. Interestingly, Hansen argues that it was the curious combination of personal charisma and remarkable organizational abilities that led Castro to hands-on leadership of revolutionary activity directed against Fulgencio Batista. Hansen follows Castro across many years, ending with the overthrow of the government in 1959. We are left still uncertain exactly how Castro turned from the "liberal nationalist" he was as a youth to what he became after 1959. Still, this is a gripping and edifying narrative. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.
Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.
Cuba > History > 1933-1959.
Heads of state > Cuba > Biography.
Heads of state.
Genre: Biography.
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