AAP July 28, 2010, 3:57 am
Fidel Castro unveiled plans on Tuesday to release a book in August that
includes stories from his childhood and explains how he became a
The longtime Cuban leader, in a comment on the government website
Cubadebate.cu, said the 25-chapter book would be titled La Victoria
Estrategica, or The Strategic Victory.
The book focuses on the story of how his 300 fighters in the Sierra
Maestra mountains eventually prevailed over the government of Fulgencio
Batista in the revolution that seized Havana on New Year's Day in 1959.
Castro, who ceded power to his younger brother Raul in 2006 due to
illness, said he was recovering and finishing the second part of the story.
He said the book would offer his own perspective on his life after
numerous unauthorised biographies.
"I did not want to wait to respond to the numerous questions about my
childhood, adolescence and youth, and how I became a revolutionary and
armed combatant," he said in the introduction to the work.
Castro's health appears on the mend after a long period of reclusion and
illness and he has been increasingly in the public eye with seven public
appearances in the past three weeks.
Castro, who turns 84 in August, remains an important figure in Cuba and
holds the powerful position of first secretary of the Communist Party.
The new book was written in collaboration with Cuban journalist Katiuska
Blanco, who is the author or the only biography of Castro published in Cuba.