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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 48. Chapters: Fidel Castro, Jose Canseco, Alberto Juantorena, José Martí, Mel Ferrer, Félix Rodríguez, Rudy Pérez, Silvio Rodríguez, Roberto Goizueta, Cristina Saralegui, Máximo Gómez, Spanish immigration to Cuba, Calixto García, Aleida Guevara, José Manuel Cortina, Mayra Gómez Kemp, José Legrá, Diosbelys Hurtado, José María Coppinger, José Agripino Barnet, Carlos Bea, Celso Golmayo Zúpide, Felipe Poey, Mario Inchausti, José White Lafitte, Celso Golmayo Torriente, Juan Corzo, Eduardo Vivas. Excerpt: Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (Spanish: ; born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry being nationalised. Born the illegitimate son of a wealthy farmer, Castro became involved in leftist and anti-imperialist politics whilst studying law at the University of Havana. Subsequently involving himself in several armed rebellions against rightist governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he went on to conclude that the US-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, who was widely seen as a dictator, had to be overthrown. To this end he led an armed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953, but this failed and he was imprisoned. Getting out of prison after a year, he travelled to Mexico, where he assembled a group of Cuban revolutionaries, the July 26 Movement, with the aid of his brother Raúl Castro and friend Che Guevara. Returning to Cuba, he took a key role in the Cuban Revolution, leading a successful guerilla war against Batista's forces, with Batista himself fleeing into ...
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