Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926. He was intellectually gifted and excelled in sports but not in academics at school. After his graduation in law in 1945, he focused more on politics and showed his ire against the imperialist regime and dictatorship. His first attempts to overthrow the country’s dictator Rafael Trujillo failed but it did not dampen his enthusiasm for reform.
After a few more failed attempts and even after moving to Mexico, he continued to organize Cuban exiles and got in touch with Argentinian Rebel Che Guevara all the while thinking about how to overthrow the Cuban dictatorship. He was also influenced by Karl Marx’s teachings. In 1959, he and his Cuban rebels waged a guerrilla war against the Batista Government and in the same year, at the age of 32, Fidel Castro became the Prime Minister and led the country till 2008.
"I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition." - Fidel Castro