In the Pirate's Den: My Life As a Secret Agent for Castro

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In this riveting book, Masetti takes the reader inside the war room of the Cuban revolution. His life involved international revolutionary intrigue: smuggling diamonds and ivory; counterfeiting U.S. dollars; trafficking in narcotics. He served in Angola and other war zones in the 1980s. He was an adviser with groups such as the M-19 guerrillas in Columbia and the Sandinistas.
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Overview


In this riveting book, Masetti takes the reader inside the war room of the Cuban revolution. His life involved international revolutionary intrigue: smuggling diamonds and ivory; counterfeiting U.S. dollars; trafficking in narcotics. He served in Angola and other war zones in the 1980s. He was an adviser with groups such as the M-19 guerrillas in Columbia and the Sandinistas.
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The Los Angeles Times
Now comes a memoir from Jorge Masetti, a former Barba Roja operative turned whistle-blower, engagingly titled In the Pirate's Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro. It is a slim memoir of precious little political analysis and psychological insight but one that offers tantalizing glimpses into the murky guerrilla demimonde of the 1970s and '80s, when revolutionary ideals not infrequently mingled with criminality. — Ann Louise Bardach
Publishers Weekly
Masetti spins a tale of progressive disillusionment with communism. He followed in the footsteps of his father, a Communist guerrilla who was killed when the author was seven. Cuban-born Masetti traces his involvement, beginning as a teenager in Argentina (his mother's native land), followed by stints in Colombia, Angola, Nicaragua and other revolutionary hot spots of the 1970s and '80s. Though the story of growing disgust with a bankrupt ideology has been told with more passion and insight elsewhere, Masetti does hit an emotional crescendo in the book's final pages, when he tells of the execution of his father-in-law, which led to his final break with Castro's Cuba. The book's strength lies elsewhere, in its description of the world of Communist spying and intrigue that Masetti experienced firsthand. He brings the reader into his initial training in guerrilla warfare and his later revolutionary actions. Despite the occasional triumph (some of his former comrades were involved in the murder of Nicaragua's Somoza during the Sandinista takeover in 1979), Masetti and his revolutionaries bungle a lot of attempts. As the years pass, these activities become simply illegal rather than revolutionary (robbing banks, for instance), and Masetti's devotion to his cause wanes. In fact, as he shows, his ideals fell victim to authoritarian secrecy-for which he holds Castro responsible-and intrigue and internecine bickering. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893554429
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Havana, June 1989 1
1 Havana, May 1965 7
2 Buenos Aires, 1970-1971 14
3 Buenos Aires, 1972-1973 21
4 Cuba, 1974-1976 30
5 Italy, 1976-1977 41
6 Panama-Costa Rica, 1979 49
7 Managua, July 1979 57
8 Mexico City, 1980 65
9 Mexico City, 1982-1983 74
10 Havana-Lima-Santa Cruz, September 1983 82
11 Buenos Aires, 1984-1985 90
12 Managua-Panama-Cartagena de Indias, 1986 97
13 Havana, 1988 111
14 Havana, June-July 1989 125
15 Afterword 149
Index 160
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