In the Pirate's Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro

In the Pirate's Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro Another insider view from inside Castro s government The author was a secret agent and mercenary for several years and provides an inside view of show trials and executions. In This Riveting Book, Masetti Takes The Reader Inside The War Room Of The Cuban Revolution His Life Involved International Revolutionary Intrigue Smuggling Diamonds And Ivory Counterfeiting US Dollars Trafficking In Narcotics He Served In Angola And Other War Zones In The S He Was An Adviser With Groups Such As The M Guerrillas In Columbia And The Sandinistas Stunning read Notably Masetti omits details regarding the unspecified kidnappings and bank robberies and other criminal activity he carries out to fund dubious revolutionary movements which would certainly get him arrested, especially now that statutes of limitations are flying out the window The book is about a quarter the size it could have been, especially had he included details of operatives operations regarding leftist groups governments Argentine, Cuban, Sandinista. I was divided about this book much like the author himself finally rating it three stars because it is well written and heartfelt Yet it seems a barebones account with much detail deliberately slighted and inconvenient facts skirted Maybe for security reasons for himself and others perhaps because, as yet another anti Castro exile, Masetti has an agenda to justify It s a fascinating look inside Cuban intelligence, special operations, and leading revolutionary personalities by an adopted son of Cuba and the real life son of Che s countryman, the late and radical Argentine journalist, Jorge Masetti Sr., whom Jr barely knew.The info it reveals is really nothing new Links between Cuba and revolutionary Latin America movements and guerrillas were known all along Nothing is given here that doesn t sound like parallel CIA skullduggery in the region, and not really as bad Masetti s critique of the guerrilla vanguard has merit a dedicated elite, a crusading order in search of holy grails, removed from real life and the real masses for whom they justify their struggle His critique of Fidel Castro as a self promoter is also nothing new But Castro came to power by giving personal expression to millions trapped in the social and political dead end of old Cuba yearning for a new deal.The heart of Masetti s too short book is the personal recollection of the Ochoa and de la Guardia case, especially of his father in law Tony de la Guardia Masetti seems on murky ground, but the whole issue is clouded and will stay so while Cuban archives remain classified Ochoa and the de la Guardias may have been under orders to break the Yankee imperialist blockade by any means necessary, which may indeed have led to drug trafficking as one instrument As he says, Ochoa and the de la Guardias couldn t have done so without signals from the very top sounding like Ollie North and his Iran Contra doings after the US Congress nixed his public funding Much of the flak over Castro s drug connections had to do with deflecting criticism of Iran Contra even so, is Castro to be commended for sacrificing these agents to their scandals, no matter their status or was Reagan right, to stand by loyally and pull strings of public opinion and private agency, to get a decorated hero out of his own special tribunal As an example of yet another revolutionary leftist who saw the light, repented, and found a comfortable expatriate nest, Masetti s book is not bad While he s coming to terms with his past and his deeds, he has as in his guerrilla days left behind those millions still struggling against injustice and inhumanity. NarcosI just completed watching the 2nd season of Narcos.I opened up my diary where I jot down the books I ve read, and there was the name of this book.It s a laughing stock that I read the book in 2017, and writing a review in 2018.Anyways, so here I go.A memoir Yes, it s a memoir of a secret agent as the name suggests taking us to sprawl and terrorizing time of South American countries The countries including Columbia, Cuba Where the revolution took place and how these countries, their people do things like smuggling, drug trafficking, fake currencies, and fight against the US of A, and its government, now and then.It s such a riveting tale of those times, that you re hooked up until the end The author, the secret agent himself, tells how things happened, what were the purposes, what did they achieve, what were the impacts, and adding to this, you get to read what is shown in the TV series like Narcos, movie like that of Sicario.Do read this book.Akshat Solanki

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  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • In the Pirate's Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro
  • Jorge Masetti
  • English
  • 16 January 2017
  • 9781893554429

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