Young Castro

I am currently working on a biography of Fidel Castro, with a particular focus on Castro’s intellectual inheritance, political philosophy, and decision-making process—subject matter curiously absent from Castro biographies.

Young_CastroRather than interpreting Castro as a pawn in East-West relations, I show him attempting to hart a culturally specific (pluralist) path to political and economic development in a bi-polar world, while wrestling with a dilemma fundamental to revolutionary postcolonial societies, namely how to balance civil and political liberties against more basic needs like access to food, clean water, healthcare, and education.

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