The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times
Public Affairs Books, 2007
Anthony R. DePalma, B.A.
Department of Communication and the Arts
In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews, a veteran foreign correspondent for the New York Times, interviewed a young lawyer, Fidel Castro. Matthews conveyed Castro's plans for a democratic, non-Communist revolution, which earned him the sympathy of many Americans from both political parties. When Castro's revolution quickly turned hard left, Matthews was condemned as either an apologist for Castro or a naive dupe who had served the interests of international communism. DePalma chronicles the career of Matthews and dispels many of the myths surrounding his interviews with Castro and his subsequent reporting on the Cuban revolution.