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Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s Simon Hall

Rising star Simon Hall captures the spirit of the 1960s in ten days that revolutionised the Cold War: Fidel Castro’s visit to New York. ‘With its cool judgements and blackly comic sense of irony, Hall’s book is a rare pleasure to read.’ – Dominic Sandbrook, Literary Review ‘Simon Hall has captured this catalytic moment like no one before. Anyone interested in the Global Sixties must read Ten Days in Harlem.’- Van E. Gosse, Professor and Associate Chair of History, Program Chair of Africana Studies, Franklin & Marshall College *** New York City, September 1960. Fidel Castro – champion of the oppressed, scourge of colonialism, and leftist revolutionary – arrives for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. His visit to the UN represents a golden opportunity to make his mark on the world stage. Fidel’s shock arrival in Harlem is met with a rapturous reception from the local African American community. He holds court from the iconic Hotel Theresa as a succession of world leaders, black freedom fighters and counter-cultural luminaries – everyone from Nikita Khrushchev to Gamal Abdel Nasser, Malcolm X to Allen Ginsberg – come calling. Then, during his landmark address to the UN General Assembly – one of the longest speeches in the organisation’s history – he promotes the politics of anti-imperialism with a fervour, and an audacity, that makes him an icon of the 1960s. In this unforgettable slice of modern history, Simon Hall reveals how these ten days were a foundational moment in the trajectory of the Cold War, a turning point in the history of anti-colonial struggle, and a launching pad for the social, cultural and political tumult of the decade that followed.


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Faber & Faber


SKU: 9780571353064

“Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s Simon Hall”

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