Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant Hardcover – 25 Apr 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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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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.
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.
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?
- 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
- 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.
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