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June 27 @ 8:00 pm

Jonathan M. Hansen

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Date:
June 27
Time:
8:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Phone:
3054424408


Note: Books & Books is sensitive to the feelings of our Cuban community in southern Florida where passion about Cuba runs deep and want to preface this presentation with a note stating that while we like to present all viewpoints and authors, we do not necessarily endorse this point of view. We have tapped the Miami Herald’s Mimi Whitefield to moderate this discussion. For years, she has painstakingly explained Cuba with depth, balance and an eye for detail. She is the recipient of a Maria Moors Cabot Prize for her excellent reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. We welcome a discussion of the many points of view surrounding this subject matter. 

An intimate, revisionist portrait of the early years of Fidel Castro, showing how an unlikely young Cuban led his country in revolution and transfixed the world.

These pages show Fidel Castro getting his toughness from a father who survived Spain’s nasty class system and colonial wars to become one of the most successful independent plantation owners in Cuba. They show a boy running around that plantation more comfortable playing with the children of his father’s laborers than his tony classmates at elite boarding schools in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. They show a young man who writes flowery love letters from prison and contemplates the meaning of life, a gregarious soul attentive to the needs of strangers but often indifferent to the needs of his own family. These pages show a liberal democrat who admires FDR’s New Deal policies and is skeptical of communism, but is also hostile to American imperialism. They show an audacious militant who stages a reckless attack on a military barracks but is canny about building an army of resisters. In short, Young Castro reveals a complex man.

The first American historian in a generation to gain access to the Castro archives in Havana, Jonathan Hansen was able to secure cooperation from Castro’s family and closest confidants, gaining access to hundreds of never-before-seen letters and to interviews with people he was the first to ask for their impressions of the man. The result is a nuanced and penetrating portrait of a figure who was determined to be a leader.

In conversation with MIMI WHITEFIELD

 


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About The Author:

Jonathan M. Hansen is a senior lecturer at Harvard University and the author of Guantánamo: An American History and The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890-1920. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian, among other places. His most recent book is Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary.