Book Review: ‘The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to el Líder Máximo’ by Juan Reinaldo Sánchez, Axel Gyldén

It’s kind of odd that I bought this book on Amazon and then later that same day, the large protests in Cuba started.

Anyway, I wanted to read this for awhile and I figured I’d take a break from all the fantasy fiction and wrestling biographies I had been reading and reviewing, lately.

Growing up in Florida, I’ve always had a fascination with Cuba, Castro, their history, culture and people. While I’ve grown up pretty immersed in Cuban culture in South Florida, I’ve heard countless stories from my childhood friends, their parents, grandparents and many other Cubans I’ve befriended and worked with over the years. I work in the cigar industry and have for two decades now, so even my career and livelihood is tied to what goes on in Cuba.

That being said, this book, written by one of Fidel Castro’s most trusted bodyguards, is pretty damn fascinating. I learned a lot about the guy, his life, his past, his family and the fact that what he does in private completely contradicts what he preaches in public. Granted, to those of us outside of Cuba, this isn’t a shock. Especially, after the past year seeing politicians break their own COVID rules.

Juan Reinaldo Sánchez really goes deep into the subject matter and paints a pretty rich and complex picture. He also discusses his life, though. He talks about where his mind set started to shift and how he eventually stopped buying into the propaganda and eventually fled Cuba for America.

I’d go into more detail but I sincerely don’t want to spoil the details of this book for those who’d really like to read it.

If this is a subject you’re interested in (or even if you aren’t), this book is damn enthralling and a warning to those who simply believe the things they’re told from those in power.

Rating: 9/10