Race and Revolution in Castro's Cuba: A Memoir
Publication Date: November 2008
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Revolutionary black nationalist Carlos Moore breaks three decades of silence to challenge Castro’s legacy in this controversial, behind-the-scenes memoir that explores the Revolution from a perspective of a pichón, the racist Cuban term for a black of Haitian or West Indian descent. After more than thirty years in exile, continually under the threat of retribution from the Cuban regime, Moore steps forward to reveal the truth: Fidel’s Revolution was a success for white Marxists. But for Cuban blacks, the Revolution was basically business as usual, a cover-up of their ongoing struggle for racial, political, and social enfranchisement. Fidel Castro and his men rose from the ranks of the patriarchal, white Spanish-Cuban elite, and the Revolution did not weaken those ties.
Carlos Moore is an international writer and the author of books in several languages. Formerly a senior lecturer at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, and a visiting professor at Florida International University, Miami, he is an honorary research fellow in the UWI School for Graduate Studies and Research, Kingston, Jamaica. Moore resides in Brazil with his family, where he devotes his time to writing and research on race.
"Moore has written an astounding book about revolution, resistance, passion, and compassion . . . an irresistibly human tale." Maya Angelou, from the Foreword
"Carlos Moore delves deeply into his own life to show us what is wrongand rightwith our world and our place in it. Read and marvel, but also read and learn." Edwidge Danticat, author, Brother, I'm Dying
"Pichón is . . . a story of romance and revolution, disillusionment, discovery, and the long journey into a mature political consciousness and pride in self, told by a man I greatly admire." Susan L. Taylor, editorial director, Essence magazine
"A masterpiece . . . an elegantly written account of the domestic and international intrigue that flows from Moore's pursuit of racial justice in the shadow of the cold war. . . . This autobiography [is] an illuminating social history of the period." Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, vice chancellor, graduate studies, and dean, graduate division, UCLA
"Revealing the most pivotal moments of the 20th century with fervor and poignancy . . . a devestating yet redemptive account of one man's battles with racism, revolution and resistance, and his uplifting fight for justice, all of which raise consciousness about the human condition." HavanaJournal.com
"Refreshing . . . a personal context through which to interpret the ins and outs of [Cuba's] politics." popmatters.com
"Engaging autobiography . . . vivid descriptions . . . frankly depicted . . . uplifting." joemadison.com
"A compelling autobiography. . . particularly timely." Sundaypaper.com