My Life Paperback – 1 May 2008
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Gripping, almost cinematic (Guardian)
Irresistible (Financial Times)
Cubaphiles are all the richer for this book … Castro's prodigious gifts are well displayed: his formidable erudition, steely discipline, epic curiosity and his astute grasp of history (Financial Times)
Whatever happens after Castro has gone, this book will provide an indispensable perspective on his record (Guardian)
Castro's life has been extraordinary and he can tell a good story (Evening Standard)
A fascinating account (, Books of the Year Metro)
Extraordinary (, Books of the Year Observer)
About the Author
Ignacio Ramonet is a specialist on geopolitics, economics and the history of culture and a professor of communication theory at the University Denis Diderot in Paris. He is the long-time editor of the French magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique.
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It is monstrous the way he has been denigrated by the USA and others and he is shown here to be probably the world's most brilliant political figure of the last 50 years. His main crime in the eys of the USA is his undying commitment to the revolutionary process, his unswerving belief in the possibility of an alternative to the presnt mad globalisation process and of course they have never forgiven him for outlasting 10 US presidents!
His is an extraordinary story of a survivor of over 600 CIA inspired assassination attempts, enormous personal bravery and fascinating views about history, culture, politics, the environment and, of course, Che.
His most amazing anecdote in the book was of how, at the height of the New Orleans flood tragedy, he actually offerd Bush 500 doctors to help out. For free! And of course Bush couldnt possibly accept. I think that counts as serious charisma in my book!
I cant recommend this book highly enough to people who want to believe that high principles and morality can actually triumph if your convictions are strong enough and if, as Che said, your revoluction is based on love of the people. '80 more years', as they say, tongue in cheek, on the posters in Havana!!!!
Chapters cover his childhood and youth, his meeting Che Guevara, the 1959 Cuban revolution, the failed US attack at the Bay of Pigs, the 47-year US blockade, the incessant media attacks on Cuba, the US state's terrorist attacks on Cuba which have killed 3,500 people, the October 1962 crisis, Che's death, the collapse of the Soviet Union, globalisation, Cuba's relations with Spain, France and Latin America, and Cuba today.
Fidel is rightly proud of Cuba's magnificent achievements in education and health. Cuba's primary school children are first in the world in languages and maths. Cuba is first in the world in teachers per person and has the smallest class sizes. Cuba is educating thousands of people from Africa, Asia and Latin America, without charging a cent. Cuba provides government-sponsored scholarships to nearly 30,000 students from 121 countries currently enrolled in Cuba's universities, some 23,000 of whom are being trained as doctors.
Cuba is first in the world in doctors per person and is the largest educator of doctors in the world, ten times more than the USA. Cuba sends thousands of doctors to Africa, with its 30 million AIDS patients, while the whole EU cannot send even a hundred doctors there, instead stealing Africa's doctors and nurses. 37,000 Cuban health workers, including 18,000 doctors, are providing services in 79 countries. Since 2004, Cuba's Operation Miracle has restored sight to 1,000,000 patients from 32 countries.
Fidel has much to contribute to the debate on globalisation.Read more ›
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A brilliant book! Reads like a novel, but it's a straight forward interview. Gives a great insight into the mind of one of the most famous leaders in half a century.Published 2 months ago by Adam Ball
An amazing book in both content and interview style. It's difficult to summarise Castro's life and his view of the world other than to say it's utterly extraordinary!Published 4 months ago by TD
This was a present for someone who I think is reading it now, I sure he will like it, I may borrow it when he's finished wit itPublished 5 months ago by Suzieq
Although stated as new. A little bit worn. However, fast delivery. Thank youPublished 8 months ago by Y. Allison
Great value, my son is delighted with this book. Arrived promptly and in perfect condition.Published 23 months ago by Bernie Dempsey
I can honestly say that this is one of the most interesting and fascinating books I have ever read. It is not really a biography, but an interview – Castro’s longest and last – in... Read morePublished on 4 July 2014 by Nathaniel Dean James