The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo

Category: Book
By (author): Gylden, Axel
By (author): Sanchez, Juan Reinaldo
Translated By: Spencer, Catherine
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: July 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba. Responsible for protecting the Líder Máximo for two decades, Juan Reinaldo Sánchez was party to his secret life - because everything around Castro was hidden. From the ghost town in which guerrillas from several continents were trained, to his immense personal fortune - including a huge property portfolio, a secret paradise island, and seizure of public money - as well as his relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners. Sanchez's tell-all expose reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers. This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.
Review Quote*Explosive.-BBC "Remarkable revelations! Fidel Castro's worst hypocrisies, regal indulgences, and narcissistic excess are bared by his former chief bodyguard. Sanchez depicts the Cuban leader as no writer ever has before."-Brian Latell, author of After Fidel and Castro's Secrets
Biographical NoteLieutenant Colonel Juan Reinaldo Sanchez was Fidel Castro's personal bodyguard for 17 years before being imprisoned in 1994 for the "crime" of wanting to retire early. He left Cuba in 2008 after ten unsuccessful bids to escape. He made a new life in Miami, where he passed away in May 2015.