My Cuba Libre Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice

Written by George J. Fowler III

On January 1, 1959, nine-year-old George Fowler was awakened in his ancestral home by the sound of gunshots as Fidel Castro’s army approached Havana, Cuba. His family fled to the United States to start new lives as Castro established a brutal regime in their beloved country. As chief legal counsel for the Cuban American National Foundation, Fowler has dedicated his life to the cause of Cuban freedom. My Cuba Libre is the very personal story of his lifelong battle to remove the dictator from power and bring democracy to his homeland. Fowler exposes the monstrous actions of the Communist Party of Cuba and makes a firm case for indicting Castro for crimes against humanity. Fowler also provides a first-hand account of events like the Elián González case, the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down, and Cuban embargo negotiations. With boldness and courage, My Cuba Libre attacks the status quo that has allowed Castro to remain on the world stage–and makes a powerful argument for immediate change. “I write to raise awareness of our struggle, to convince the world to take action. Fidel Castro cannot be allowed to spend his final years in luxury and power. Whoever becomes his successor after his death will only continue his legacy of bloodshed, cruelty, and hate. We must act now to bring freedom to the people of Cuba.”
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19,485 days. That’s how long George FowlerI has been in exile since he boarded a PanAm flight from Havana to Miami on May 17, 1960. As an adult George has not forgotten his first flight. As a name partner in Fowler Rodriguez, a renown maritime, energy and international law firm with offices throughout the U.S. and Colombia, George has been devoted to exposing the criminal actions of the Castro dictatorship and proclaiming the undeniable path to a new Cuba: justice for Castro. His new book…is a lively, emotional and reflective look at his own history of exile and through it, the chronology of Cuban diaspora. It is sorrow for the smell of the mariposa and his childhood home of Villa Viejo and an avowed faith in both mortal and divine Justice. It is a call to follow his relentless drive to unshackle the Cuban people and set free the Cuban spirit.
My Cuba Libre surveys George’s family history, and provides a tender ode to George’s loving mother Graciela. It recounts much of his early childhood in the Havana of the 1950s and his fondness for Varadero. But after laying this early framework George delves into the early stages of Cuba’s darkest chapter–Fidelismo–and the pronounced impact on his family. My Cuba Libre recounts the economic and family hardship that greeted George in exile. It places us in the construction site in Puerto Rico, where George toiled in his teenage years. But the book shows us how, true to the Cuban spirit–resilience, persistence education and faith–George enrolled in Louisiana State University and continued his advocacy for Cuba’s cause. And it was at LSU, while speaking out against the atrocities committed by Castro’s thugs–that George met Cristina, his future wife. After LSU, George attended Tulane Law and after graduation he continued his relentless campaign for Cuban freedom. As My Cuba Libre gives an account of how in 1989 George joined the Cuban American National Foundation as its General Counsel. Combining his legal talent and his passion for Cuba with the Foundation’s platform gave George a front-row seat to some of the most important legal battles against the Castro dictatorship. The book’s description of the legal clashes with Fidel’s henchmen, along with the account of the untiring international effort to bring Fidel to justice, is riveting.
Aside from various civil legal skirmishes in the US, including a defamation lawsuit against Wayne Smith where Castro’s agents physically attacked George in the Miami-Dade County courthouse, the book recounts the broader campaign–still very much alive–to criminally try and convict the Castros… –Ernesto Rubi,Cuban American Bar Association

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