Castro'S Final Hour

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Reported from inside Cuba by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Andres Oppenheimer, Castro's Final Hour chronicles the dramatic events that have crippled the more-than-three-decades-old Marxist regime of Fidel Castro. From the execution of the country's most celebrated Army general in 1989 to the devastating effects of the loss of all Soviet aid, the picture Oppenheimer paints is extraordinarily detailed and engrossing, revealing a country on the brink of disaster. He uncovers Castro's never-before reported efforts ...
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Overview

Reported from inside Cuba by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Andres Oppenheimer, Castro's Final Hour chronicles the dramatic events that have crippled the more-than-three-decades-old Marxist regime of Fidel Castro. From the execution of the country's most celebrated Army general in 1989 to the devastating effects of the loss of all Soviet aid, the picture Oppenheimer paints is extraordinarily detailed and engrossing, revealing a country on the brink of disaster. He uncovers Castro's never-before reported efforts to radicalize Noriega's regime in Panama, the failure of his "Zero Option" plan to restore economic stability without outside aid, and tells how, in a last ditch attempt to save the country from its dire slide, Castro's top aides pushed a plan to strip him of some of his powers. Including exclusive interviews with Soviet officials, Latin American leaders - including Daniel Ortega and Manuel Noriega - as well as the top echelon of current Cuban leadership and Fidel's dissident daughter, Alina, Castro's Final Hour is a compelling and intimate portrait of the Cuban leader, and an authoritative evaluation of what the future may hold for his country.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miami Herald foreign correspondent Oppenheimer presents a revelatory close-up of Cuba following the Soviet Union's withdrawal of subsidies. Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This exciting, highly readable behind-the-scenes account of Castro's Cuba, based on the author's five trips to the island from 1989-91 and involving 500 interviews, explores events that led to the 1989 trial and execution of General Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez. Oppenheimer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Miami Herald, skillfully presents this complex case as a means of assessing the larger context of the Cuban revolution, the inflexibility of its leadership, and the paranoia of Fidel and Raul Castro. In addition to demonstrating Fidel's knowledge of Cuban involvement in drug trafficking, the author illustrates how high-ranking officers in Cuba's expeditionary forces used often unsavory business deals to finance government foreign policy and military goals. Highly recommended for all collections.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671872991
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/29/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed., Updated with a new e
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 1.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader 9
Pt. I A Crack in the System: The Ochoa-De La Guardia Case (1986-1989) 15
1 The General, the Playboy and the Drug Smuggler 17
2 The Boys Are in Trouble 53
3 A Trial with a Message 99
4 The Purging of a Nation 130
Pt. II Marooned: Panama, Nicaragua and the Soviet Pullout (1989-1990) 165
5 Exit Panama 167
6 Exit Nicaragua 193
7 The "Bolos" (Soviets) Pack Up 221
8 Bicycles, Oxen and Potato Jam 245
9 Che's Grandchildren 267
Pt. III The Politics of Survival: Selling Out the Cuban Revolution (1990-1991) 283
10 Banking on an Old Ghost - Tourism 285
11 The Zombie Factor 304
12 Courting the Babalaos 338
Pt. IV Collapse of a Revolution (1991-1992) 357
13 The Soviet Coup 359
14 The Congress 387
15 Requiem for a Revolution 401
Epilogue 424
Acknowledgments 435
Notes 437
Bibliography 461
Index 463
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Visiting Cuba confirmed this book's value

    Before I visited Cuba several years ago I made a point of reading Castro's Final Hour. I'm grateful I had the foresight. The trip took on a new meaning and gave me invaluable insight. Accurate, poignant, colorful and extremely well written.

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