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Declassified CIA files revealed in latest Fidel Castro biography

CIA analyst Brian Latell tracked Castro through more than 50 years of tumultuous rule

NEW YORK, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the world alternately mourns or celebrates the passing of one of the most dynamic and controversial leaders of the 20th century, Fidel Castro’s legacy is memorialized in his famous words, History Will Absolve Me. Brian Latell, a CIA analyst who studied and tracked Castro since the 1960s, recently released his third book on Cuba and the Castro brothers, which breaks considerable ground with new material provided by declassified files.

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For over fifty years, CIA analyst Brian Latell tracked Fidel Castro relentlessly—getting to know his habits, his fears, and the passions that drove him. Available on Kindle.

/EIN News/ -- “Latell’s breadth of knowledge about the late Fidel Castro and his impassioned leadership is unparalleled,” said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of RosettaBooks.

As the celebrated and paternalistic leader of Cuba, Castro showed his people that their needs came first. The pomp and circumstance surrounding his death reveals that the Cuban people still cherish the memory of his rule.

However, his interests were not only domestic, and in addition to his aggressive revolutionary agenda for Latin America, he ordered Cuban armies to invade three African nations.

Over the expanse of his 48-year regime, Castro went toe-to-toe with 10 American presidents. Latell reveals why Castro was unwilling to compromise and cooperate with American leaders and how that led to his antipathy of all things American (except Ernest Hemingway).

“Fidel Castro has been a fascinating subject on whom to focus my career and attention,” said Latell. “He emerges as one of modern history’s most exceptional and audacious leaders, his most enduring successes and failures weighed judiciously.”

History Will Absolve Me is available on Kindle for $2.99.

About the Author: CIA analyst Dr. Brian Latell was assigned to Fidel Castro in the 1960s—and tracked the plans and actions of the unpredictable revolutionary leader for the next thirty-five years. As a Latin America specialist for the CIA and the National Intelligence Council for more than four decades, reaching a civilian four-star rank, he has served seven US presidents and won the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is also the author of After Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba’s Revolution, which has been published in eight languages around the world, as well as Castro’s Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Latell is currently an adjunct professor and senior research associate at Florida International University. He previously taught at the University of Miami and at Georgetown.

About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is a leading independent trade publisher headquartered in New York City. The company launched in 2001 with a list of 100 preeminent digital backlist titles. Today the company’s 800-plus title list includes classic eBooks of every category, as well as an original line of frontlist nonfiction books. RosettaBooks’ prominent author collections include 100 works by M.C. Beaton, 52 works by Winston Churchill, 35 works by Arthur C. Clarke, 20 works by Kurt Vonnegut, 12 works by Stephen R. Covey, and 18 works by Robert Graves. In addition, RosettaBooks publishes eBook lines in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic, and the Associated Press. Through a partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, RosettaBooks offers full nationwide print distribution. RosettaBooks’ trade program publishes high-profile thought leaders such as Alan Dershowitz, Jamie Merisotis, and William D. Eggers, as well as personal memoir, humor, and business titles. RosettaBooks was named an Inc. 500 company in 2015, on the exclusive list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. For more information, please visit and follow the publisher on Facebook and Twitter.

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