Book Recommendation by Contributor Mike Jones
I recently listened to an audiotape of Fidel Castro’s autobiography. The book-on-tape is about a dozen CDs. (I’m on the road a lot). The book and tape were published in English in 2007. Although the book is certainly biased in that it is based almost solely on Castro’s recollection of what happened and how things unfolded during and after his takeover, I think it balances the anti-Castro rhetoric that has been spewing and spinning out of Washington (and Florida) for decades.
I’m not saying that I agree with Castro’s view of things as they are explained in his book, and I am not saying that our government’s view of Castro is totally self-serving or wrong. What I am saying is that one should read or listen to Castro’s autobiography with an open mind, do some reading on the Batista government (the Cuban dictator Castro defeated) to get a flavor for the context of Castro’s rise to power, and then reflect on our government’s “traditional position” on Castro before agreeing that Castro is a madman who eats his young (that’s what I learned going through the public school system).
According to Castro, our CIA has made numerous attempts to assassinate him over the years, with some very close calls. And if you are unconvinced that our CIA would do such a thing, I have another book to recommend that deals with recently released CIA files from the Cold War era: “Legacy of Ashes” by Tim Weiner. He provides a frightening account of what the CIA has done since the early 1950s. For better or for worse, the CIA has been above the law and has been unmonitored and unaudited by any governmental agency including the Executive Branch of the government.
At any rate, I recommend you read or listen to Fidel’s autobiography to get “his” side of the story. As in most things of an adversarial nature, I’m sure the truth lies somewhere between Castro’s position and the traditional U.S. position.