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ARMANDO VALLADARES was a political prisoner in Castro’s Cuba for twenty-two years. After international pressure led to his release, he came to the United States and served as Ambassador to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations during the Reagan and Bush administrations. He spent many years in Madrid and now lives with his family in Miami.
Against All Hope is Armando Valladares’ account of over twenty years in Fidel Castro’s tropical gulag. Arrested in 1960 for being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Valladares was not released until 1982, by which time he had become one of the world’s most celebrated “prisoners of conscience.” Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison (from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion), Valladares suffered endless days of violence, putrid food and squalid living conditions, while listening to Castro’s firing squads eliminating “counter revolutionaries” in the courtyard below his cell.