Castro's Final Hour: The Secret Story Behind The Coming Downfall Of Communist Cuba

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Castro's Final Hour: The Secret Story Behind The Coming Downfall Of Communist Cuba

By Andres Oppenheimer
Simon & Schuster, 1992
461 pp. $25.00
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Based largely on more than five months of interviews with over 500 people in Cuba, this lively book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from The Miami Herald combines investigative reporting, anecdotes, impressions and outright speculation to illuminate the impact on Fidel Castro's Cuba of the collapse of its erstwhile Soviet ally and of the cumulative deterioration caused by more than thirty years of personal authoritarian rule. Oppenheimer argues persuasively that considerable support has developed at high levels of the Cuban regime for democratization and market-oriented reforms, but that Castro quashed these currents at the Fourth Party Congress in October 1991. As a result, Oppenheimer suggests, Castro has likely set the stage for an eventual radical reaction against all he has done and stood for.