Against All Hope: The Prison Memoirs of Armando Valladares

By Armando Valladares
Translated by Andrew Hurley
Read by Grover Gardner

17.58 Hours 03/01/2008 unabridged
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This is a history of the Cuban revolution viewed from its dungeons. Armando Valladares describes his twenty-two years of torment and triumph in Castro’s prison. Arrested at the age of twenty-two for being philosophically opposed to Communism, he gives a dramatic and harrowing account of the regular beatings, the hunger, the humiliation, and the psychological “experimentation” to which the Cuban Revolution subjected its unrepentant enemies. However, Valladares’ hope and courage transcended these horrors, showing us the heroic possibilities of one possessing unshaken faith. More than an indictment of a cruel regime, this book is a testimony to the power of biblical faith to allow a man to survive against all hope.

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Summary

Summary

This is a history of the Cuban revolution viewed from its dungeons. Armando Valladares describes his twenty-two years of torment and triumph in Castro’s prison. Arrested at the age of twenty-two for being philosophically opposed to Communism, he gives a dramatic and harrowing account of the regular beatings, the hunger, the humiliation, and the psychological “experimentation” to which the Cuban Revolution subjected its unrepentant enemies. However, Valladares’ hope and courage transcended these horrors, showing us the heroic possibilities of one possessing unshaken faith.

More than an indictment of a cruel regime, this book is a testimony to the power of biblical faith to allow a man to survive against all hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What Mr. Valladares gives us is a picture of the hell that was the Cuba he lived in, and the story of how one man’s deep Christian faith enabled him to sustain the most evil treatment and never abandon hope, no matter how fruitless hope appeared.” New York Times Book Review
“Valladares’ book is an event of considerable cultural and political significance: the most detailed and irrefutable description yet published of the suffering engendered in Cuba by communism and Fidel Castro.” Time
“An extraordinary account...What sets it apart from other prison memoirs is not the suffering...but its record of all-out resistance. It could almost be entitled ‘The War Memoirs of Armando Valladares.’” Los Angeles Times
“Mr. Valladares offers a record of dearly bought knowledge that no one can afford to overlook.” Wall Street Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Armando Valladares

Armando Valladares, after his release from prison in Cuba, 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 years in Madrid and now lives with his family in Miami.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 17.58
Audience: Adult
Edition: English