Fidel Castro
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He towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world. Few fired the hearts of the world’s restless youth as Castro did when he was young, and few seemed so irrelevant as Castro when he was old — the last Communist, railing on the empty, decrepit street corner that Cuba became under his rule. Fidel Castro: Life and Death of a Dictator follows key events that impacted the Caribbean island, its people, and the world during the tumultuous reign of this controversial dictator.


Glenn Garvin covered Latin America for nearly two decades, including five as chief of the Miami Herald's bureau in Managua, Nicaragua. His reporting took him to Cuba several times, and in 2001, when Fidel Castro's health seemed to be lagging, he was assigned to write an advance obituary -- an obituary that was updated many, many times over the next 15 years. He is the author of "Everybody Had His Own Gringo: The CIA And The Contras," and (with Ana Rodriguez) "Diary Of A Survivor: Nineteen Years In A Cuban Women's Prison."