Lee Lockwood (1932-2010) was an American photojournalist for publications including Life, Newsweek, The London Times, Bunte Illustrierte, and Jours de France. Best known for his award-winning work on Fidel Castro and North Vietnam, he also covered the peace and civil rights movements in the U.S. and was a founder of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York. Saul Landau, is an American scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues, whose forty-plus films include the documentary Fidel! (1968). Landau is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Pomona, and a senior Fellow at and Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies.
"A candid piece of work that's testimony to the unparalleled access Lockwood secured." "...a superb photographic portrait of Fidel Castro in his youthful pomp." "Lockwood detailed the fascinating transition of the country as Castro's forces swept away the old order of corruption dancing to the tune of the mighty American dollar. The images show a Cuba frozen in time: crowds celebrating on the streets of Havana; Castro relaxing on a veranda with friends. Lockwood's photos reflect this sense of hope and triumph before decades of US sanctions took their toll... the value of images such as these will be to serve as testimony to the fact that, for a few decades, and regardless of how successful it was, a nation dared to dream of a better world." "Seen out of context, the photographs run the risk of romanticizing the communist leader, in the vein of Che Guevara posters in American college dorm rooms. But alongside Lockwood's writings and photographs... this hefty reprint offers a new generation a fuller look at the history of the "forbidden island" before its doors began to reopen."