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

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

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by Jorge Masetti
 

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In 1964, at age seven, Jorge Masetti was informed by a Cuban colonel that his father had died gloriously leading a guerrilla band in Argentina. By the age of sixteen, Masetti had left Havana to follow in his father's footsteps, fighting as an urban revolutionary in Buenos Aires. Two years later, he was back in Cuba for a course in "conspiratorial methods." Then he

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In 1964, at age seven, Jorge Masetti was informed by a Cuban colonel that his father had died gloriously leading a guerrilla band in Argentina. By the age of sixteen, Masetti had left Havana to follow in his father's footsteps, fighting as an urban revolutionary in Buenos Aires. Two years later, he was back in Cuba for a course in "conspiratorial methods." Then he joined the notorious Americas Department, entering what he calls "the pirate's den" as a secret agent for Fidel Castro. 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. Masetti's first hand account at times seems to have come from a Le Carre novel. But his story is true. In addition to shedding light on the machinations of the Castro government, it is also a compelling story of a crisis in a revolutionary faith. "In The Pirate's Den" is the result of that painful introspection, a page turning chronicle of a remarkable journey into and out of the Cuban revolution.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594030482
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.70(h) x (d)

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