The Man Who Invented Fidel

The Man Who Invented Fidel : Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of the "New York Times"

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This dramatic story of how a "New York Times" reporter helped Castro come to power offers illuminating insight into the fraught history of Cuban-American relations and the precarious balance between truth and myth. In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews of the "New York Times", then considered one of America's premiere foreign correspondents, 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, Anthony 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 and 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 more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 32mm | 621.42g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 1586483323
  • 9781586483326

About Anthony DePalma

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. He lives with his wife, who was born in Cuba, in New more

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