Children's Literature - Cindy L. CarolanAt over 80 years old today, Fidel Castro is undoubtedly one of the most pivotal figures of the last century. While brutal and ruthless, he is also highly intelligent and savvy. The eight chapters of this book dissecting the last 100 years in Cuba are very readable, with color photographs, illustrations, and maps interspersed throughout. Not only will readers discover a milieu of facts about Castro, but will also gain geographic and historic knowledge about Cuba. The authors have published over 80 books for young people (fiction and nonfiction). This book would make an excellent addition to a middle school or high school library, or for anyone having interest in the subject matter. It would also be useful in a biography unit or history unit on Cuba. Part of the "World Leaders" series of books that provide thorough discussions of the person's life and historical importance, it includes a timeline, a glossary, sources, a bibliography, Web sites, and an index. Some of the personalities spotlighted in this series are George C. Marshall, Woodrow Wilson, Vaclav Havel, and Che Guevara. Highly recommended.
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