ANTHONY DEPALMA ON "THE MAN WHO INVENTED FIDEL"-Mitch E. Perry

05/15/06

INTRO: In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times – considered of the best foreign correspondents of his time – tracked down Fidel Castro in Cuba’s Sierra Maesta mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. His heroic portrayal of Castro- thought to have died in a botched raid months earlier – had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of government. It also had an impact on the fall of the Batista regime and Castro’s own rise to power.

When Castro revealed himself to be a Soviet backed dictator, blamed was heaped on Matthews. His life long reputation as a journalist collapsed, and he was accused of betraying his country.

A new book, “The Man who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times�, written by NY Times reporter Anthony DePalma, has just been published.

WMNF’s Mitch Perry spoke with him earlier today. He began by asking DePalma what led him to write this story?

DEPALMA ON CASTRO PART 1

That was NY Times reporter Anthony DePalma, the Author of “The Man who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times� Well hear part 2 of that interview later this week

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