Humberto Fontova

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Humberto Fontova
Born 1954
Havana
Occupation Political commentator

Humberto Fontova (born 1954) is a Cuban-American author, blogger, political commentator, and conservative polemicist. Ardently anti-communist, many of his works involve using historical revisionism to correct the record to what he contends is the unreported and accurate point of view. Fontova is a frequent contributor to several right-wing websites and has made a guest appearance on the Glenn Beck Program and Fox News show Hannity and Colmes.

Early life[edit]

Fontova was born in 1954 in Havana, Cuba. Fontova's family went into exile to the United States (New Orleans) in 1961, when he was seven years old. Coinciding with their exodus, his father was held prisoner by the regime of Fidel Castro for three months after the Cuban Revolution, although he was later released. A short time later Fontova's cousin Pedro, whom he describes as a "fervent Catholic activist" who spoke out against the new regime, died while in Cuban state custody. The official cause of death given was a heart attack, although Fontova believes he was murdered by police interrogators.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

As an avid hunter, fisherman and scuba diver, Fontova began his publishing career writing for the outdoor themed magazines Louisiana Sportsman, Sierra, Scuba Times and Bowhunter. In 2001 he published his first book The Helldivers' Rodeo, an account of an extreme scuba diving and spear fishing adventure, followed in 2003 by The Hellpig Hunt, about a hunting adventure in the wetlands along the Mississippi River.

Politics[edit]

Fontova later entered the political publishing arena and authored two Cuba-related polemics. Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant in 2005 and Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him in 2007. The former criticizes American celebrities, particularly Hollywood actors, who support Fidel Castro's government in Cuba and often travel to meet with Castro personally. Among those singled out are Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Chevy Chase, Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, and Dan Rather. Fontova interviews dissidents as well as former government agents, such as Delfin Fernandez. In the latter, Fontova critique's the life of Che Guevara and those who continue to support him.

Review[edit]

Travel author Rolf Potts, in a review of Exposing the Real Che Guevara for World Hum, noted that "taken in selective doses", the book puts "some well-placed holes in Che’s presumed humanism and military competence."[2] However, Potts said that what "is meant to be a polemic against Guevara’s t-shirt-certified mythology" actually ends up showing "how Che’s reputation benefits from the myopic fury and misguided political influence of those who hate him the most."[2] Potts said that the book's "slightly schizophrenic tone" meanders off into subject matter that has little to do with the book’s premise, that the book seems "less an indictment of Guevara than the New York Times or John F. Kennedy.[2] Ultimately, Potts states, the book is "less about Che Guevara than the King Lear-style resentments of the Cuban-Americans who hate him — and the effectiveness of its argument suffers as a result."[2]

Commentator and former Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute Alex Singleton [3] reviewed Exposing the Real Che Guevara for the Social Affairs Unit. He said that "Fontova's book aims to challenge the mythology surrounding Guevara. At the very least, it will provide useful factual ammunition for conservatives and libertarians."[4] Singleton differed with Fontova's view on libertarian opponents of America's Cuban embargo, saying that, "The embargo has been completely ineffective but created an excuse for Cuba's poor economic performance." Nevertheless, Singleton concluded that the book was an important one, having earlier in the review expressed the hope that it would "encourage scholars to reanalyse the conventional wisdom."[4]

Journalist and Buenos Aires bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires Michael Casey reviewed Exposing the Real Che Guevara in his 2009 book Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image. Casey described it as "an art form of mixing frustration with ridicule."[5] Casey said that Fontova's prose was a marriage of Ann Coulter with the Gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson, and that Fontova "basically yells at his readers, mixing a sarcastic wit with a touch of self-deprecation until it is overwhelmed by disdain for his opponents."[5] Lastly, Casey observed that Fontova often "lathers himself into a rage" when it comes to the issue of Che Guevara, noting that his barrage of hyperbole leads him to describe Guevara as an "assassin", "sadist", "bumbler", "fool", and "whimpering-sniveling-blubbering coward" who is "revered by millions of imbeciles."[5] Other descriptions by Fontova of Guevara, cited by Casey, were "shallow", "boorish", "epically stupid", "a fraud", a "murdering swine", an "intellectual vacuum", and an "insufferable Argentine jackass."[6]

Works[edit]

  • Humberto Fontova, The Helldivers' Rodeo: A Deadly, X-Treme, Scuba-Diving, Spearfishing, Adventure Amid the Off Shore Oil Platforms in the Murky Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, M.Evans & Company (April 24, 2001), ISBN 978-0-87131-936-4
  • Humberto Fontova, The Hellpig Hunt, M.Evans & Company (October 30, 2003), ISBN 978-1-59077-009-2
  • Humberto Fontova, Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant, Regnery Publishing (February 25, 2005), ISBN 978-0-89526-043-7
  • Humberto Fontova, Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him, Sentinel HC (April 19, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59523-027-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fontova, Humberto (2007). Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. Sentinel HC. p. xi. ISBN 1-59523-027-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d Potts, Rolf (January 27, 2009). "Che: The Ronald McDonald of Revolution". World Hum. 
  3. ^ Alex Singleton bio page at the Institute for Humane Studies
  4. ^ a b Singleton, Alex (March 6, 2008). "Alex Singleton on the two Che Guevaras". Social Affairs Unit. 
  5. ^ a b c Casey, Michael (2009). Che's afterlife: the legacy of an image. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 249–50. ISBN 0-307-27930-8. 
  6. ^ Fontova, Humberto (October 8, 2009). "Che Guevara: Assassin, Coward, Imbecile". Canada Free Press. 

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