Fidel Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six. Alone among world leaders, Castro came to within inches of igniting a global nuclear holocaust.
But you would never guess any of that from reading the mainstream American media. Instead we hear fawning accounts of Castro liberating Cuba from the clutches of U.S. robber-barons and bestowing world-class healthcare and education on his downtrodden citizens. Propaganda is vitalthe heart of our struggle,” Castro wrote in 1955. Today, the concept is as valid to the Cuban regime as ever.
History records few propaganda campaigns as phenomenally successful or enduring as Castro and Che’s. The Longest Romance exposes the full scope of this deception; it documents the complicity of major U.S. media players in spreading Castro’s propaganda and in coloring the world’s view of his totalitarian regime. Castro’s cachet as a celebrity icon of anti-Americanism has always overshadowed his record as a warmonger, racist, sexist, Stalinist, and godfather of modern terrorism. The Longest Romance uncovers this shameful history and names its major accomplices.
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Table of Contents
Preface: The Connections You Don't See vii
Chapter 1 The Golden Anniversary: A Half-Century of Loyal Service 1
Chapter 2 Communist Omelet: The Unreported Cost in Life and Treasure 7
Chapter 3 The "World's Luckiest People," or So Says Newsweek 21
Chapter 4 Here Come the Sharks. Where's the Discovery Channel? 35
Chapter 5 The Discovery Channel Spins the Missile Crisis 47
Chapter 6 Castro's Running-Dogs: Herbert Matthews and The New York Times 53
Chapter 7 To Kill a Labor Leader: Manhunt in Buenos Aires 69
Chapter 8 Papa Hemingway Admires Death in the Cuban Afternoon 77
Chapter 9 Castro's "Revolution of Youth"-Imprisoning the Young 83
Chapter 10 Jon Stewart to Don Fidel: Thank You, Godfather 95
Chapter 11 Not Your Father's Hit-Men: Gangsters in Cuba Today 109
Chapter 12 How Barack Obama Tried to Lose Honduras to the Dictators 127
Chapter 13 Keep Your Pants On, Stephen Colbert. Che Wasn't That Hot 135
Chapter 14 Sickos! The Cuban Health-Care Hoax, Directed by Michael Moore 159
Chapter 15 The Cuban "Embargo"-Are You Kidding? 177
Chapter 16 "Agents of Influence"-Castro's Ladies and Men in the U.S. Media 195
Chapter 17 Barbara Walters, Charmed by the Hemisphere's Top Torturer of Women 205
Chapter 18 Dan Rather on Castro: "This Is Cuba's Elvis!" 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absolutely fabulous! Very enlightening. Uncovers some of Castro's fawning friends for what they are. They pose as Cuba experts and objective observers when they really are pawns of Castro's repressive regime.