With communism collapsing around the world, leaving Cuba and North Korea as the only surviving hardcore communist states, the time had come to analyze the legacy of Fidel Castro. That is what syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer has done in Guerrilla Prince: The Untold Story of Fidel Castro published by Little, Brown & Co., her analysis is laced with revealing surprises. For example, Castro so admired Adolph Hitler's attention-getting tactics that he faked at least one beating by police. And, unsatisfied with his infant son's natural growth progress, he slipped the baby three times the recommended amount of formula.
Geyer has always managed to get stories where other journalists have feared to tread. It's nearly impossible to count all the times she has been the first person ever to interview world leaders, fugitives in hiding, or guerrillas in the midst of a revolution. Indeed, in many instances, she has risked her life to get a first-hand and accurate story.
Geyer's career has been a whirlwind of groundbreaking journalism: She was the first American journalist to stay in the mountains and report on the Guatemalan guerrilla movement; the first to find Dominican President Juan Bosch in hiding during the Dominican Revolution and report his views. She was the only American to interview Argentine President Juan Peron; one of the first journalists to interview Ayatollah Khomeini; and the person who interviewed Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia when all American reporters were forbidden to enter the country.
She is also the person who was held by the Palestinians as an Israeli spy in 1973, and the person who, in 1976, was imprisoned in Angola for writing about the revolutionary government. This is the reporter who masqueraded as a waitress at a Mafia wedding, an effort which earned her the Chicago Newspaper Guild prize for best human-interest story. And she is the woman who was picked by Newsweek as one of the four outstanding women journalists in the country.
Geyer has been a professional journalist for more than 25 years. She has worked with the Chicago Daily News, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Star and is currently a syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northeastern University, she was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, Austria. Geyer speaks five languages fluently: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. She is the author of five other books, including Buying the Night Flight, an autobiography of her odyssey as one of the first women foreign correspondents and Americans No More. She is also a regular contributor to such publications as People, The Saturday Review, The Atlantic, Encyclopedia Britannica and many others.