Fidel: An Illustrated Biography of Fidel Castro

Fidel: An Illustrated Biography of Fidel Castro

by Nestor Kohan, Nahuel Scherma, Miracle Jones
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as the leader who, for over fifty years, has stood up to the greatest military power

Overview

In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as the leader who, for over fifty years, has stood up to the greatest military power in the world, and remained standing.
Here, in Kohan's incisive prose and Scherma's passionate illustrations, is the man who, inspired by decades of Latin American Marxist thinking, fought from the mountains of the Sierra Maestra to free his country—the man who walked the razor's edge between military threats by the United States and political coercion by the Soviet Union—the man who became a leader in the revolution against colonial governments from Angola to Vietnam to Latin America—the man who fought, above all, to transform the conscience of his people, spreading literacy, culture, and free medical care to everyone on the island. Here is Fidel—the man who became the symbol of the revolution in the New World.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Fidel Castro is a controversial figure in socialist politics. For many Americans he is the enigmatic dictator of Cuba, but for others, including the authors, he is a hero. This is a fascinating account of the life of Castro, from a description of his father's properties in Cuba through the birth of revolutionary politics and on into his place in our contemporary world. The Argentine authors present Castro as a well educated leader who freed his people from North American imperialism. They describe his as a revolution grounded in literacy and books, and they carefully trace the influences on Castro's life, including biographies of those who helped educate him in ideological values. North America is seen as the bully who has forced its way of life onto Latin America, and for that reason some schools may not be comfortable including this in their libraries. However, the format is easy to read and includes a page of details along with a graphic illustration, often a political cartoon, to help high school readers better understand the politics and the life of this longstanding Cuban leader. Each page is a chapter unto itself and the timeline comes up into present day relations between Cuba and the world. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609800819
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
11 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

NÉSTOR KOHAN, born in Buenos Aires in 1967, is the author of a number of Spanish-language books on Marxism, Che Guevara, and social movements in Latin America.
NAHUEL SCHERMA is an Argentinian filmmaker and documentarian. Fidel is his first book of illustrations.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >