Friday, July 17, 2020

Review: I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution  by Matthew Langdon Cost
Biographical Military Historical Fiction

Who was Fidel Castro? 

In the summer of 1958, 300 bearded revolutionaries, led by a 30-year-old lawyer named Fidel, turned the tides of war in Cuba by defeating 12,000 soldiers in combat. How was this possible?

If you want to understand Cuba of the last 60 years, you must first understand who Fidel Castro was, and the events of the Cuban Revolution of 1953 to 1959.

The revolution began in 1953 with a botched insurrection in Santiago, Cuba. Fidel was captured and put on trial where he defended himself, finishing with the now immortal words: "Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me."

Fidel was imprisoned, granted amnesty, exiled to Mexico, and then led an invasion of Cuba with 81 revolutionaries aboard a pleasure yacht called the Granma. Only 18 men survived. How did Fidel build this small band of guerillas into an army that would sweep to power in Cuba?

Who was the rifle-toting woman who became Fidel's most trusted advisor as well as his lover?

These questions and more are answered in the thrilling I Am Cuba, a historically accurate novel detailing society, politics, war, and love in Cuba in the 1950s.

5 out of 5 fairies

I Am Cuba brings history alive. History was never one of my strong subjects, it always seemed boring and dry to me. This historically accurate novel, although technically fiction, brings the Cuban Revolution to life. A gripping story that you won't want to put down.

Where to buy: AmazonEncircle Publications

Add to your to be read: Goodreads

About the Author: Matthew Langdon Cost has a published historical on Joshua Chamberlain and an upcoming historical on Fidel Castro, as well as a mystery trilogy set in Maine soon to follow. Over the years, Cost has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, a gym, as well as taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable. He now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children; Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A Chocolate Lab and a Bassett Hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer writing.

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