Semper Fidel

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Now that Fidel Castro has ceded power to his younger brother Raul, we realize the tragedy that he never got to write his memoirs about an experience unique in history – surviving as a dictator for nearly half a century.

How did he do it? What vices did he indulge? What tricks of his trade would he want to share with aspiring dictators? (The subject is so rich that I predict someone else will write this book as a “fiction.”)

Remember that Hitler and Stalin and many others survived only a fraction of Castro’s time. A good book agent would have gotten an American publisher to offer an advance greater than the $8 million awarded Bill Clin- ton. Then Castro could have died with unrivaled success at both communism and capitalism – a true hero for Our Time.

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