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Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, the dictator of Cuba, transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.

Fidel Castro
In the late 1950s, Fidel Castro took control of Cuba by force and has remained its dictatorial leader for over four decades. As the leader of the only communist country in the Western Hemisphere, Castro has been the focus of international controversy. Find out more about Castro in this biography.

Biography.com: Fidel Castro
A nice biography from the people who produce the Biography shows on the A&E network.

Castro Speech Database
The full text of English translations of hundreds of Fidel Castro's speeches, interviews, and press conferences, based upon the records of the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Unfortunately, the formatting of the speeches makes them a little difficult to read online.

Fidel Castro: A Study in Long-Term Manipulation of Power
A great article about Castro as the longest-serving leader of any country in the world. Written by Georgie Anne Geyer, an author who wrote a biography of the man.

Fidel Castro: Year One
A detailed discussion of Castro and 1959, the year of the guerrilla war in Cuba.

The English text of nine speeches and one interview with Castro. The speeches are primarily from 1959 to 1962.

Think Quest: Fidel Castro
A short overview of Castro's rise to power and the U.S.'s attempt to assassinate him. A good basic biography for young people.

Young Castro Sent a Letter to President Roosevelt
When Cuban leader Fidel Castro was just 12 years old, he wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt. In the letter dated November 6, 1940, Castro asked the President, "If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american, in the letter, because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them."

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