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February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

An Evening with Budd Albright


February 4
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Tony Cuesta Freedom Fighter: The War with Fidel Castro to Take Back Cuba

Sunday, February 4th, 6 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


About the Book:

Tony Cuesta lost half his left arm, his eyesight, his wife, and twelve years of his freedom attempting to take back his country.

Close friends: Tony Cuesta and Fidel Castro attended the University of Havana together in the mid 1950s. The two were involved in sports, hung out at trendy bars and cafes, and, of course, chased girls together. But eventually, these two close friends would be torn apart by world events and political situations they had no control over.

Cuesta went to the hills with Fidel, Raul Castro, and the trigger-happy revolutionary-for-hire Che Guevara, to overthrow the dictator Fulgencio Batista. When the U.S. refused to help finance the rebuilding of Cuba, Fidel accepted assistance from the Soviet Union.

The trade out: submarine pens, refueling docks for ships and planes, and medium size and long-range missile launching pads just ninety miles from U.S. soil. Cuesta and other top leaders around Fidel fled to Miami to escape the future of a USSR-run Cuba.
Tony Cuesta couldn’t bear to see how his friend had deceived the Cuban people. He and his band of daring young men made dozens of clandestine raids on the Cuban and Russian installations in Cuba (sometimes in broad daylight). After years in a Cuban prison, he returned to Miami to reestablish his Commands-L and to keep fighting. He was the only man to sink a Russian freighter in peacetime and live to tell the tale.
Today: Tony Cuesta remains a hero to the Cuban people. This book tells his story.

About the Author:

Budd Albright was born Forrest Edwards Albright in Elkhart, Indiana. In November 1959, Budd found himself on the back lot at 20th Century Fox in a film titled Wake Me When It’s Over, in the role of a Miami waiter. At a meal break, he was joined by another newcomer: Red West, Elvis Presley’s bodyguard and right-hand man. Budd never looked back from there.

After thirty television and film projects—including Star Trek; The Rat Patrol; Tobruk; Drive Hard, Drive Fast; The Lonely Profession; and The Lively Ones as Vic Damone’s sidekick—the early sixties produced a flourish of war films that were perfect for young up-and-coming actors and stuntmen. He left the acting/stunt business in 1974.

Albright has worked as a photojournalist with producer Gary Berwin and has written thirty-two magazine articles. In 1994, he formed Strike Team Media, a television promotional advertising service. Albright is currently working on getting his screenplays, Closest of Enemies (the Tony Cuesta story) and Hollywood Heat (a TV series with actor and record producer Steve Rowland) into production. A frequent skier and traveler, he resides in Palm Desert, CA