|Publisher||Boulder [Colo.] : Westview Press, 1994.|
Sheldon B. Liss |
The author of this book takes a highly original approach to understanding the past three decades of Cuban history-he offers an analysis and interpretation of the prolific writings and speeches of Fidel Castro and of numerous interviews with him. Through Castroâs own words, Sheldon Liss examines the evolution of the Cuban leaderâs political and social ideas and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the Revolution.Liss first illuminates how intellectuals and political activists, such as Josâ MartÂ¡, Antonio Guiteras, and Ernesto Che' Guevara, influenced Fidelâs ideological development. Next, he examines the Cuban and European origins of Castroâs political philosophy, probes his views on the deficiencies inherent in capitalism, and details why he established a vanguard Communist party. Throughout the book, Liss places Fidelâs ideas in international perspective, outlining, for example, his views of the Cuban-Soviet relationship, his reasoning behind Cubaâs support for revolutionary movements in the Third World, and his thoughts on the role of the United States in exacerbating social ills in Latin America. Finally, Liss investigates Castroâs controversial views on democracy, human rights, and freedom of artistic and intellectual expression. The book stands as a fine introduction to Cubaâs unique brand of Third World Marxism.
Little more than a hagiography from a prominent scholar, written from a less-than-critical perspective. Book emphasizes Castro's 'political and social thoughts,' and author states that 'fundamentally, my worldview and Castro's coincide' (p. xii). Still, book is useful because it shows how Marxism, Castro's ambitions, and the international context shaped the Cuban Revolution. Good notes and bibliography included--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
|Dimensions||6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)|
Historical Biography - Latin America |
History of Communism
Communism by Region
Cuba - Politics & Government
Communists - Biography
Revolutionaries - Biography
Cuba - History
Communists & Socialists - Political Biography
Latin America & the Caribbea
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