Fulcrum Publishing is pleased to announce that the best-selling Boxing for Cuba, by Guillermo Vicente Vidal, is now available for the first time in Spanish!
In the 1950s, Fidel Castro’s revolution swept the island nation of Cuba, eliciting hope in many, including Guillermo Vicente Vidal and his middle-class family. Their initial enthusiasm that Castro’s communist regime would bring about promised change quickly gave way to fear with the stark reality that free enterprise and freedom of expression would not be part of the new regime.
To save their three young boys from the melee, Vidal’s parents sent their children to the United States in 1961 through a program known as Operation Peter Pan. Instead of being placed with family in Miami, the brothers found themselves consigned to the dismal and violent Sacred Heart Orphanage in Colorado until the family would finally reunite nearly four years later.
Enduring culture shock, financial hardships, loss of family ties, discrimination, and the myriad difficulties that commonly come with being immigrants in a foreign land, the family slowly made a new life. Boxing for Cuba is a lyrical testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the joy of returning home.
Guillermo Vicente Vidal is a native of Camagüey, Cuba, and grew up in Colorado. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he held various government positions including serving as executive director of the Colorado department of transportation under Governor Roy Romer and later serving as Denver’s deputy mayor and manager of public works for then mayor John Hichenlooper before becoming the city’s first immigrant born mayor. Vidal is now president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, and he lives with his family in Denver.