Fidel Castro, Media Darling

Fidel Castro

On November 25, 2016, Black Friday here in the United States, the world said farewell to a “fiery apostle,” a “spiritual beacon,” a “charismatic icon,” and a model “of wit and clarity” who led a “joyful, raucous, and brash” movement that even “critics praised [for its] advances in health care and in education.” Fidel Castro died of an undisclosed illness at age 90, sending residents of his fortress state into nine days of official mourning—one for each decade of a life defined by “huge personal charm and charisma, and his political genius.”