There are few living international figures who fascinate the world more than Fidel Castro. He is at once an infamous historical figure, a modern-day politician and one of the last of his kind. From the leader of a revolution to one who has been accused of dictatorship, exploiting the power of his position to become one of the wealthiest leaders in the world, Fidel Castro's life away from the public eye has remained largely unscrutinised.
Despite the world's longstanding desire to know more, biographers have thus far barely scratched the surface of Castro's life and reign. No one with any real knowledge or intimacy of Castro has ever been able to come forward to tell their story - partly because so few people can claim that distinction, and partly because the few who can would never make it out of Cuba. At long last, though, at the end of Castro's life, someone has. Juan Sanchez, former personal chaperone to Castro and, later, fugitive from the vindictive regime, offers a shocking exposure of the man to whom he was devoted for seventeen years - a man whose secret life is entirely different from the facade he presents to the people of Cuba.
Juan Sanchez was conscripted into the Cuban army at the age of eighteen. Talented, intelligent and an excellent marksman, Sanchez reported for duty only to learn that he had already been vetted and hand selected by the Ministry of the Interior to join a special training programme for Cuba's elite military personnel. This elite group would become directly responsible for the protection of Fidel Castro and the highest members of the Communist party. The details and the extent of hitherto unknown information that Sanchez reveals are explosive, and will change our understanding of Cuba and the history of the twentieth century.