Fidel Castro’s Fateful Visit to New York, 60 Years On

By Andrew Downie

Simon Hall’s "Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s" recounts how a brief trip put the Cuban leader on the world stage.

When Fidel Castro arrived in New York to address the UN General Assembly in September 1960 he was a minor player on the world stage, the head of a Caribbean nation who had been in power barely 18 months By the time he left just a week and a half later, everyone knew his face He had forged alliances with some of the most important leaders in the developing world, expertly positioned himself as the maverick ally of the United States’ downtrodden African-American population, and most crucially of all, befriended Nikita Khrushchev and laid the foundations for a long and fruitful...

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