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Boxing for Cuba - An Immigrants Story

Guillermo Vicente Vidal

Guillermo Vicente Vidal's memoir chronicles his journey from Castro's Cuba to the United States—a tapestry of his coming of age, a broken family, and disorientation of political unrest. Vidal was barely ten years old when he proudly shook the hand of Fidel Castro. Although Vidal’s parents were once staunch supporters of La Revolucion, they soon found they could no longer keep their sons safe in the new face of Castro’s reign, making the difficult decision to send Vidal and his brothers to the U.S. via Operation Peter Pan in 1961. Vidal was on his way to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado when a chance encounter in the airport led to shaking the hand of Robert Kennedy. Years later, Vidal graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver. He went on to become executive director of the state department of transportation and head of the Denver Regional Council of Governments before he was tapped by Mayor John Hickenlooper to become Deputy Mayor. When Hickenlooper became the Colorado Governor, Vidal became the Mayor of Denver. Despite his fears, as an adult Guillermo returns to his beloved Camagüey and delivers truths that shows the beauty and struggles that remain to this day. "Boxing For Cuba" is not just a story. It is a tale of faith, hope and a family who becomes more than Operation Peter Pan could have ever dreamed.

Guillermo Vicente Vidal's memoir chronicles his journey from Castro's Cuba to the United States—a tapestry of his coming of age, a broken family, and disorientation of political unrest. Vidal was barely ten years old when he proudly shook the hand of Fidel Castro. Although Vidal’s parents were once staunch supporters of La Revolucion, they soon found they could no longer keep their sons safe in the new face of Castro’s reign, making the difficult decision to send Vidal and his brothers to the U.S. via Operation Peter Pan in 1961. Vidal was on his way to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado when a chance encounter in the airport led to shaking the hand of Robert Kennedy. Years later, Vidal graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver. He went on to become executive director of the state department of transportation and head of the Denver Regional Council of Governments before he was tapped by Mayor John Hickenlooper to become Deputy Mayor. When Hickenlooper became the Colorado Governor, Vidal became the Mayor of Denver. Despite his fears, as an adult Guillermo returns to his beloved Camagüey and delivers truths that shows the beauty and struggles that remain to this day. "Boxing For Cuba" is not just a story. It is a tale of faith, hope and a family who becomes more than Operation Peter Pan could have ever dreamed.
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Guillermo Vicente Vidal's memoir chronicles his journey from Castro's Cuba to the United States—a tapestry of his coming of age, a broken family, and disorientation of political unrest. Vidal was barely ten years old when he proudly shook the hand of Fidel Castro. Although Vidal’s parents were once staunch supporters of La Revolucion, they soon found they could no longer keep their sons safe in the new face of Castro’s reign, making the difficult decision to send Vidal and his brothers to the U.S. via Operation Peter Pan in 1961. Vidal was on his way to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado when a chance encounter in the airport led to shaking the hand of Robert Kennedy. Years later, Vidal graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver. He went on to become executive director of the state department of transportation and head of the Denver Regional Council of Governments before he was tapped by Mayor John Hickenlooper to become Deputy Mayor. When Hickenlooper became the Colorado Governor, Vidal became the Mayor of Denver. Despite his fears, as an adult Guillermo returns to his beloved Camagüey and delivers truths that shows the beauty and struggles that remain to this day. "Boxing For Cuba" is not just a story. It is a tale of faith, hope and a family who becomes more than Operation Peter Pan could have ever dreamed.

Language:

English

Narrators:

B.J. Harrison

Length:

9h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:03:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

46:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

45:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

38:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

47:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

40:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

58:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:30