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  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc; 1st Edition edition (25 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260437
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

<B>Humberto Fontova</B>, who left Cuba in 1961 at age seven, has written for several conservative magazines and is the author of <I>Fidel: Hollywoods Favorite Tyrant</I>. He has appeared on many radio and television shows and is active in the Cuban American community.

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It was about time a book like this was written when this came out in 2005. Humberto Fontova strips away the lies we have been told by the mainstream media and universities about the man worshipped by empty headed Hollywood elites, American leftists and liberals and the elites in many Third World regimes that treat their people almost as squalidly as Castro has.

This is a brilliant book, an incredibly challenging polemic where Fontova cuts up the hypocrisy and stupidity of America's intellectual, media and Hollywood elites such as Castro's crony Oliver Stone who describes the bloodthirsty tyrant as 'very selfless and moral' and 'one of the world's wisest men', Dan Rather who refers to Castro as 'Cuba's own Elvis' Jack Nicholson calls Castro 'a genius!', Naomi Campbell 'A dream come true' and Norman Mailer 'the first and greatest hero to appear in the world since World War II'.

After the execrable and obese Michael Moore referred to the brave Cuban exiles as greedy 'wimps' Fontova takes apart the pompous prig he describes so beautifully as 'piggy Michael Moore'.

You will be disgusted at these sick and hollow if not demented songs of praise sung by these shallow nincompoops when you find out just what a savage butcher and tyrant Castro really is and the horrible crimes he has committed.

I was horrified to learn how the Castro regimes marketing of blood drained from political dissidents while they are still alive in the horrible Gulags known as UMAPS Castro has set up. So much like the grotesque harvesting of organs by Castro's Red Chinese allies. The PLO in Lebanon drained the blood of thousands of Maronite Christians too to transfer to evil Palestinian terrorists.
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It may seem like a misguided criticism given the title of the book, but the focus of dim Hollywood types who prostitute themselves to Castro gets rather tedious after. From the time of Leni Riefenstal dictators have found a steady supply of useful idiots from the film world to suck up to them so learning that Danny Glover or Oliver Stone aren't very bright isn't that interesting. The more highbrow apologists like the New York Times and Stephen Ambrose are more noteworthy but even so knowing that people in free countries get off on tyranny elsewhere is sadly not news.

What Fontova is much better at is remorselessly hammering home the facts and dealing with the bogus excuses offered by Castro apologists. The chapter on Castro before Cuba is a revelation, Cuba was essentially a developed country with a long democratic history and the best health and literacy results in the Americas. Batista was a thug but there was a vibrant democratic which was likely to unseat him in short order had it not been for Castro's coup. To turn that country into one of the poorest in the world where people escape in droves is in a perverse sort of way an astonishing accomplishment.

Sometimes the author does let his justified distaste for the Castro regime colour his prose on occasion but that is a minor fault in a book that is a long overdue corrective to the far left propaganda.
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HASH(0x89462930) out of 5 stars This book will help you understand Castro's brutality 15 Mar. 2005
By Craig Matteson - Published on
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The story of Fidel Castro and the policy of the US towards his rule of Cuba is a very strange one. There are a huge number of people on the left who should be opposing such a brutal dictator, except that he is supposedly a socialist / communist and providing for "all the people" rather than a few millionaire exploiters. Of course, that is not true, but the fawning goes on nonetheless.

Instead, the people who have fled Castro's brutal tyranny are denounced. They are inconvenient to a liberal agenda that wants to believe that Castro's brand of socialism works. So, these refugees are ignored as much as possible, mischaracterized as rich exploiters who only want to get back properties they had long ago stolen "from the people". What nonsense! For every well to do refugee, there are thousands with nothing who fled for a chance at freedom. It is not an accident that so many Cuban refugees have done well in this country. They wanted to be free and have taken full advantage of what freedom offers to those who work diligently.

This useful book by Humberto Fontova, a child of the Cuban exile, is a cry of the heart. It gives passionate voice to those heroes who were tortured and murdered by Fidel and Che. He rails against the "useful idiots" who end up sustaining Castro's brutality. He cites so many of our politicians who find this whole Cuban episode so inconvenient and who want it to simply go away. These politicians and media elites denounce the exile community and try to discredit their voice in order to undermine its powerful political effect.

Mr. Fontova makes clear the agony this community has faced in fleeing Cuba, their pride in their success in America, and their frustration with those who either wittingly or unwittingly help prop up Castro's vicious regime. Does their hurt and passion take them too far? Maybe. The author believes in the Castro conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Who knows? I know that nearly every other voice in America is given its say to promote "diversity" no matter how deleterious their prescriptions for our country. We should hear these people as well and then make our judgment. I think this book is a good corrective for the way this community's voice has been ignored and mischaracterized in the mass media.

It is better, I think, to hear the voices directly rather than characterized in an unsympathetic press. So, give this book a read and take part in our national debate over our Cuba policy from a more fully informed stance.
59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88460bb8) out of 5 stars Who protects the tyrant next door? 20 Mar. 2005
By T. F. Novak - Published on
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Cuban born, and cajun-raised, author Humberto Fontova has driven a stake into the black heart of American Leftism with this expose of Hollywood and the U.S. State Department's poster-boy of failed marxism - Fidel Castro. This book has been written for all of us Joe Sixpacks in the United States, who don't understand how it can be that this purely evil, murderous dictator can openly operate a gangster-state ninety miles from NAS Key West with impunity. In this book, Humberto Fontova is telling us exactly why Fidel is still in power... without the continuous unwavering support of two generations of elites in American popular culture, American academia and American government, Mr. Castro would surely be hanging from a lamp post in Havana tomorrow, as he deserves.

If you've ever wondered why those stubborn, revanchist, conservative cuban-americans in Miami are so outraged at the U.S. governments bizarre "Cuba-policy" and it's failed "embargo" and are always so out of step with all the other "hispanics" in the U.S.; why they fought so fiercely to try to patriate Elian Gonzalez, why they work so hard, achieve so much as U.S. citizens and have successfully maintained their history, culture and values in the face of a full court press of political-correctness you'll find the answers in Fidel, Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant by Humberto Fontova. HINT: It's because Cuban-americans understand Fidel Castro.

Get this astonishingly well-written and eye-opening book and you too will understand who it is that keeps this tyrant Fidel in power - Hollywood Leftists.
131 of 161 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x884ab51c) out of 5 stars The Evil Fidel Castro 17 Mar. 2005
By R. Wallace - Published on
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Some choice bits from this book:
Castro tried to get Nikita Khrushchev to nuke several southern cities in the US in the early 1960's, including New Orleans and probably Baton Rouge. He incarcerates more people as a percentage of population than [...] or Stalin. He murdered 17,000 Cubans and (several dozen U.S. citizens) with firing squads and dumped their bullet-riddled bodies in mass graves. He has impoverished and brutalized Cuba to the point where 20 percent of its population risked their lives to flee. And prior to his glorious reign, Cuba took in more immigrants per capita than any country in the Western Hemisphere. More Americans lived in Cuba than Cubans in the U.S., and Cuba even had to turn away European immigrants. Castro sent his agents to torture to death American POWs in North Vietnam's Cu Loc POW camp outside Hanoi in 1967. The list goes on and on, as it always does with tyrants. All of whom, I'll add, always call themselves benefactors. And this is a man cheered on by leftists everywhere, especially the nitwits in Hollywood?
48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x887719d8) out of 5 stars The Real Fidel, the Real Che, the Real Cuba 27 April 2005
By John - Published on
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This book destroys the myths about communist Cuba:

- Life under Castro is better than it was under Bautista.

- 1950s Cuba was poorer and more repressive than Cuba today, and thus, it is necessary to have a dictator like Fidel.

- Fidel is a "revolutionary communist leader" who cares about his own poor.

- Fidel is an idealist who wants to help the Third World, and should be praised for "standing up to the U.S.".

- Che Guevara is an idealist, humanistic hero of guerilla wars, and should be looked up to.

- The Cuban Revolution helped the poor in Cuba

- Fidel made Cuba less racist.

- Left-wing Europeans and Americans are right to support Fidel in his "struggle" against the U.S.

- The embargo by the U.S. is wrong

The truth:

- 1950s Cuba was a fairer, more thriving society than modern Cuba, with more freedoms (sure, Bautista was repressive, but not as much as Fidel).

- Fidel and Co. killed 15,000 people who opposed them (mostly by firing .45 caliber handguns into their heads at close range).

- Fidel looked up to Adolf Hitler and modelled some of his writing on what Hitler had written ("History will absolve me").

- There have been 500,000 people (mostly poor, mostly black) in Cuba's Gulags

- Fidel's thugs regularly use torture on prisoners

- Che was an Argentine who personally sent 1,890 men to death - without trial, by firing squad. Che's office had a window where he could look out on the firing squads shooting men in the head with .45 handguns. One after another after another. Che once said, "we don't need evidence", and "we have to become cold-blooded killers".

- Fidel hated Che and sent him abroad on "missions" to get rid of him.

- Cuba's prisons contain 80 % black prisoners. The communist party is 0.08 % black. Thus, Cuba is a racist country (a U.S. "black panther" who hijacked a plane to Cuba in the 1970s and was ended up in Cuban prison, was brutally maltreated and lost the use of one eye as a result once said, "I would rather be a prisoner in the U.S. than "free" in Cuba).

- Fidel was involved in murder across borders (i.e., terrorism).

- Fidel pleaded with the USSR during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to fire nukes at the U.S.

- Despite receiving billions in aid from the USSR over 4 decades, today, the average Cuban gets less rations per day than the slaves in Cuba in 1840 !!

- Hollywood and the Left turn a blind eye to Cuba's human rights abuses, praising the dictator, Fidel. (whereas Chile's Pinochet - who the Left love to revile, had 5,000 people killed, Fidel and Co. had 15,000 people murdered, all without a fair trial, many with no trial at all).

I wish all the leftwingers in the U.S. and everywhere would read this book before talking about how Fidel is such a great "Third World leader", or putting on that Che Guavara t-shirt.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88344c48) out of 5 stars Hollywood: Castro's favorite ignorants 11 Jun. 2005
By L. L - Published on
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I think that every Cuban should buy two copies of this book, one to read and keep, the other one to give it to somebody who still hasn't been informed correctly about Cuba-before and post Castro-This is a very useful book for those who came very little and didn't have to live the brutal truth or to those who like myself, grew up with the Revolution-I was 24 in 1990 when I came to The United States, but most of all, for the American people who are constantly being misinformed by the hypocrites and liars from Hollywood and the media. In this book all the "leaders" are finally and accurately called by their true definitions. They've been nothing but murders. They murdered lives and they murdered a culture, they even try to murder history, but books like this proves that They've been wrong, that you can't hide the facts forever. Someday you'll see T-shirts with the image of Ernesto Guevara-I refuse to call him "Che"- saying I WAS A MURDERER. There always going to be the "stupid" blind ones who would never admit the truth despite the facts, but is up to us, CUBANS, to outnumber them. This book is a testimony that that is possible. Humberto, Thank you for this book, I am sure that all the victims of Castros's communism feel the same way, specially those who sacrificed all.
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