by Servando González


The available information obtained about any person¹s life sometimes poses insurmountable problems. While the most readily verifiable information may not be the most revealing, the most interesting may not be easily verifiable. Thus, we have many accurate accounts of what Fidel Castro said, which, most of the time, fully contradicts what he actually did. In addition, not many of his biographers have tried to find out why he said or did some of these things, because to do so might require going beyond narrative history to examine a different, more elusive type of fact.

THE SECRET FIDEL CASTRO: DECONSTRUCTING THE SYMBOL is neither a history of the Cuban revolution nor a biography of Fidel Castro. The book follows what intelligence services call a CPP (short for Comprehensive Personality Profile), similar to the ones intelligence services keep on foreign leaders. It focuses on different aspects of Castro s actions and personality which, for some reasons, have been either ignored, misunderstood, or misrepresented.

Do we understand the strange phenomenon called Fidel Castro? As you will see in this book, there are many unusual things about Castro, among them, his eidetic (photographic) memory, his uncanny ability to foretell events, his incredible good luck, and his ability to mesmerize people. Obviously, Fidel Castro is different--and not only because he is rich.

Despite the brilliance of innumerable studies about the Cuban leader, these works alone do not ultimately enable us to fully understand Castro himself or the changes he started in Cuba in 1959. After studying the mechanism by which Castro attained power, the uses to which he has put his power, his speeches, his writings and, above all, his actions, most people are still baffled by a flood of unanswered questions.

Why did a small Caribbean country abruptly become an important player in world politics? How could Castro achieve such unparalleled power in Cuba? How did he gain such a strong influence in other parts of the world? Why did some Cubans come to venerate Castro as a god? Why, after a long chain of failures, does he still exert a mystique that is conspicuously absent when we study Stalin, Mussolini or Perón? Why does one feel that the Castroist revolution stands for a radically different type of revolution from the Mexican, the French, or the American ones? Most intriguing of all, what drives Fidel Castro, what motivates him? What went on in his mind when he sent his troops to Africa in 1975? What were his true intentions when he promoted guerrilla subversion in Latin America and terrorism in the U.S. and Europe? What was his ultimate goal when he tried in 1962 to push the United States and the Soviet Union to a nuclear confrontation? Did he had anything to do with the September 11 attacks?

The main thesis of this book is that there are many different Castros. The most widely known is the symbolic, public one, as it has been portrayed in official Cuban propaganda, Castro-friendly biographies, and mainstream American media. But there are also many secret Castros, highly different from the public one. By ³deconstructing² different aspects of the life of the symbolic Fidel Castro the author tries to prove that all of them, the symbolic and the secret ones, are suspect and, therefore, all answers are partial.

The Secret Fidel Castro, focuses on little known aspects of Castro¹s personality, important in the better understanding of the man and his actions‹ what really makes him tick. This is not another book about Fidel Castro; this is THE book about Fidel Castro.


Servando Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzalez is a Cuban-born American writer and intelligence analyst. He received his training as a historian at the University of Havana. He has written books, essays, articles, and multimedia on Cuban history, intelligence and espionage, semiotics, hypertext, and art history.

González is the author of Historia herética de la revolución fidelista (San Francisco: El Gato Tuerto, 1986); Observando (San Francisco: El Gato Tuerto, 1986). His articles have been published in many magazines and newspapers. Servando is an Apple Macintosh certified multimedia developer, and has authored many computer programs, among them: Hypertext for Beginners, Popol Vuh: An Interactive Text/Graphics Adventure, The Riddle of the Swastika: A Study in Symbolism, and How to Create Your Own Personal Intelligence Agency. He has created many Internet sites for himself and for others; among them CastroMania: The Fidel Watch, FAQs About Fidel Castro, Tyrant Aficionado, The Nazis and the Swastika, and Memoirs of a Computer Heretic, most of them available on the Web.

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