The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times [NOOK Book]

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In 1957, Herbert L.Matthews of the New York Times, then considered one of the premiere foreign correspondents of his time, tracked down Fidel Castro in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. His heroic portrayal of Castro, who was then believed dead, had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of the government, and profoundly influenced the fall of the Batista regime. When Castro emerged as a Soviet-backed dictator, Matthews ...
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The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times

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Overview


In 1957, Herbert L.Matthews of the New York Times, then considered one of the premiere foreign correspondents of his time, tracked down Fidel Castro in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. His heroic portrayal of Castro, who was then believed dead, had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of the government, and profoundly influenced the fall of the Batista regime. When Castro emerged as a Soviet-backed dictator, Matthews became a scapegoat; his paper turned on him, his career foundered, and he was accused of betraying his country. In this fascinating book, New York Times reporter DePalma investigates the Matthews case to reveal how it contains the story not just of one newspaperman but of an age, not just how Castro came to power but how America determines who its enemies are. He re-creates the atmosphere of revolutionary Cuba and Cold War America, and clarifies the facts of Castro's ascension and political evolution from the many myths that have sprung up around them. Through a dramatic, ironic, in ways tragic story, The Man Who Invented Fidel offers provocative insights into Cuban politics, the Cuban-American relationship, and the many difficult balancing acts of responsible journalism.
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Editorial Reviews

Yukon News
.... A riveting, illuminating and troubling work of reportage and history.
A. L. Bardach
Anthony DePalma, another Times reporter, carefully chronicles Matthews's Cuba story and decades-long career. Cuban history aside, The Man Who Invented Fidel is a cautionary tale about the uses and misuses of the media.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786733590
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,076,526
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Anthony DePalma has been a correspondent and reporter at the New York Times for almost twenty years and is the author of Here: A Biography of the New American Continent. In 2003 he was awarded a fellowship at Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies to research the role of the media in shaping America's foreign relations. He was recently part of the special team of reporters that looked into the impact of class divisions on life in the United States for the Times. He now writes about the environment. He and his wife, who was born in Cuba, live in Montclair, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Could Anything Be Madder?     9
Message from the Mountains     25
Real Soldiers of Fortune     42
Dawn in the Sierra     66
Impenetrable Fastnesses     79
A Chapter in a Fantastic Novel     93
The Best Friend of the Cuban People     110
Decisive Battles     126
You Can Fool Some of the People     147
All Out of Step but One     172
Dark Days     190
Naming Names     218
Faithful Adherence     230
A Cordial Witness     243
A Good Fight     259
Epilogue     277
Acknowledgments     284
Notes     289
Bibliography     296
Index     300
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    A Fair Assessment of Fidel's Rise to Power and the Links to Herbert Matthews

    This is a "fair" and "balanced" book on some of the aspects that led to Fidel Castro's rise to power and how the American press was involved. Like most things in politics, the Herbert Matthews story isn't as partisan as what it some people have made it out to be. It's in fact a "gray" area that cannot accurately be described through the prism of any ideologue or agenda-based commentator. This book is thoroughly researched and explores the views of all sides of the political spectrum. It also explores the deep history this country has (U.S.) with media bias from all walks of life.

    This book gives great insights as to how senior level government officials mingle with the press and what kinds of outcomes are produced; sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.

    Often times, Fidel Castro is painted in a glowing bask of light......or as the devil of our times....depending upon your views....but this book debunks some of the myths that have been generated about Castro by the ideologues in the American press. Is Castro the darling that many in the liberal left make him out to be? Is Castro really a communist? Did Castro align himself with the Soviet Union through choice or out of political survival? These are some of the questions that get indirectly answered in this book and Im sure it will ruffle the feathers of many partisan types who only like to believe what they think is true, regardless of facts.

    Nonetheless, this is a fascinating book that provides another insight into one of the most infamous figures of the international political realm.

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