The Real FidelA portrait of Cuba and
it's enigmatic leader

Exploring Cuba’s transformation
throughout the ’60s

On December 31, 1958, Lee Lockwood, then a young photojournalist, went to Cuba to explore and cover what seemed to be the end of Batista’s regime. He arrived the day before Fidel Castro took power. Over the next decade the leader invited Lockwood back many times, granting him special access to his inner circle and the chance to explore the island without the usual restrictions imposed upon American journalists. In 1965, Castro granted Lockwood a rare, in-depth interview but then missed appointment after appointment.
But it was worth the waiting, that turned in a marathon seven-day interview that covered everything from racial issues in America to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Originally published in 1967, Lockwood’s interviews and observations are now republished by TASCHEN alongside hundreds of photographs ave never been published before.

A foreword and afterword by Latin America expert Saul Landau contextualize Lockwood’s work at a moment in history when U.S.–Cuba relations once again take center stage.

“HOLDS MANY SURPRISES FOR THE READER WHO HAS SEEN THE CUBAN
REALITY . . . ONLY THROUGH THE DISTORTING PRISM OF PROPAGANDA.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 1967