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The son of a wealthy landowner, Fidel Castro turned his back on a life of privilege to lead a left-wing revolution in Cuba that endured for decades and was shaped by his political cunning, keen sense of destiny and boundless ego.Even before leading the 1959 revolution that propelled Cuba toward communism and onto the Cold War stage, Castro saw greatness in himself.Throughout, Castro lectured Cubans.Most Cubans, whether for or against him, refer to him simply as "Fidel".Ever stubborn, Castro implored them to endure the "special period" for the sake of the revolution.
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