Castro's Secrets by Brian Latell

51%

7 Critic Reviews

An insider’s account that by definition is difficult for outsiders to evaluate because the author and many of his key sources are trained dissemblers.
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Synopsis

In CASTRO'S SECRETS, highly acclaimed author and intelligence expert Brian Latell offers a strikingly original view of Fidel Castro in his role as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Based on interviews with high level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and security services, long-buried secrets of Fidel's nearly 50-year reign are exposed for the first time. They include numerous assassinations and attempted ones carried out on Castro's orders, some against foreign leaders. More than a dozen ranking Cuban secret agents embraced by the CIA and FBI speak in these pages; some have never told their stories on the record before. Latell also probes dispassionately into the CIA's most deplorable plots against Cuba - including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro - and presents shocking new conclusions about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

 

About Brian Latell

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BRIAN LATELL began tracking Cuba for the CIA in the early 1960s. Today, as Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami, he continues as one of the most distinguished and frequently quoted experts. For a quarter century he taught Cuba and Latin America as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. A former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and Director of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence, he has written for the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal, Time, and many other American and international publications. His After Fidel has been published in eight languages.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 305 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Feb 15 2012

An insider’s account that by definition is difficult for outsiders to evaluate because the author and many of his key sources are trained dissemblers.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Ronald Goldfarb

Castro’s Secrets... pursues this latter theory, adding credible new, if not decisive, evidence.

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The Miami Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Arnaldo Fernandez on Jul 08 2012

Dr. Latell only can cling to the unconvincing maxim attributed to the early Christian apologist Tertullian (160 – 225 AD): “I believe because it is absurd.”

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Glenn Garvin on Mar 17 2012

...the first substantial study of Fidel Castro’s intelligence operations.

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Foreign Affairs

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Feinberg on May 01 2012

The veracity of this book’s claims hinges heavily on the credibility of defectors from Cuba’s intelligence agency.

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History News Network

Below average
Reviewed by John McAdams on May 11 2012

While Castro’s Secrets is hardly without value, it is marred by Latell’s poor historical judgment, especially when it deals with the JFK assassination.

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DIPLO DENIZEN

Good
Reviewed by James Bruno on Jul 06 2012

...I find Latell's books, articles and writing style valuable, entertaining and thought provoking.

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