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Ten Days in Harlem

Ten Days in Harlem

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Rising star Simon Hall captures the spirit of the 1960s in ten days that revolutionized the Cold War: Fidel Castro's visit to New York. New York City, September 1960. Fidel Castro - champion of the oppressed, scourge of colonialism, and leftist revolutionary - arrives for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. His visit to the UN represents a golden opportunity to make his mark on the world stage. Fidel's shock arrival in Harlem is met with a rapturous reception from the local African American community. He holds court from the iconic Hotel Theresa as a succession of world leaders, black freedom fighters and counter-cultural luminaries - everyone from Nikita Khrushchev to Gamal Abdel Nasser, Malcolm X to Allen Ginsberg - come calling. Then, during his landmark address to the UN General Assembly - one of the longest speeches in the organisation's history - he promotes the politics of anti-imperialism with a fervour, and an audacity, that makes him an icon of the 1960s. In this unforgettable slice of modern history, Simon Hall reveals how these ten days were a foundational moment in the trajectory of the Cold War, a turning point in the history of anti-colonial struggle, and a launching pad for the social, cultural and political tumult of the decade that followed. "A highly readable, engaging, astute microhistory of an overlooked event." -- Kirkus

Author: Simon Hall
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: 09/08/2020
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.30h x 5.90w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780571353064

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2020
Publishers Weekly 06/29/2020
Booklist 08/01/2020 pg. 19
Choice 03/01/2021
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