Brian Latell



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One of Fidel Castro's most memorable quotes came in 1953. On trial for leading an assault on Havana's Moncaeda garrison he is quoted as saying "It does not matter. History will absolve me." Despite his leadership resulting in the loss of life and impoverishing of Cuba, Castro never wavered in his certainty that his life's work would be vindicated.

His death on November 25, 2016 prompted conflicting reactions ranging from supreme grief to outright joy. As many observers noted: the time for history's judgment has come.

Few people know Fidel Castro's life and career as well as CIA analyst Dr. Brian Latell who was assigned to Fidel Castro in the 1960s and tracked the leader for well over 35 years. In this book he reveals the mind and motivations of one of the most dominating leaders of the twentieth century based on his decades-long learning of Castro's habits, fears and passions.

Asa Latin American specialist for the CIA and the National Intelligence Council for over four decades, Dr. Latell has served seven presidents and won the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence medal. He currently serves as Senior Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at the Jack D. Gordon Institute. He is the author of After Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution, which has been published in eight languages, as well as Castro's Secret's: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.



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Winter 1-25-2017


Latin American Studies

History Will Absolve Me Fidel Castro: Life and Legacy



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