With the release of his newest book, Antonio De la Cova has been embraced fully by most in Miami. He has appeared repeatedly on Radio Mambi to talk about his book (and also for an hour on WQBA for a popular talk show), appeared repeatedly on local Spanish TV stations (with Oscar Haza on Mano Limpia, twice with Luis Conte Agüero on Telemiami), he's had numerous book presentations (one at UM's prestigious Casa Bacardi, one at the local Books and Books which was taped by C-Span2, and one today near Little Havana, not to mention others, which makes five presentations altogether), and articles in the Miami Herald and Diario Las Americas. Of course, let's not forget the Babalu Blog. And, its only been about one month in release.
The publicity this book has received in Miami is an author's dream. So, yesterday morning De la Cova comes on Radio Mambi's roundtable program "En Caliente" (for just 15 minutes) and mentions that the book has been received well and that sales are great, and mentions today's book signing (which took place at Sentir Cubano). But, instead of talking about how incredibly hospitable Miami has been, De la Cova all of a sudden mentions "El Duende."
De la Cova says that "El Duende" has been waging personal attacks on him since the publication of his newest book. De la Cova's book, The Moncada Attack: The Birth of the Cuban Revolution, is being described as THE authoritative book on the attack of the Moncada Barracks, a "tour de force" and "ground breaking." This is hopefully the case since De la Cova spent 30 years (!) doing research and interviews for the book. De la Cova is without question a very good historian. His excellent website, Latin American Studies, provides a vast archive of news articles, photos, and reports (of which I have found very useful myself). The numerous interviews which have contributed to his newest book are accessible to everyone on his website, in PDF or MP3 format.
So, De la Cova, instead of basking in the strong local support of his new book, talks about how he's being vilified by "El Duende." I'm thinking: who cares about "El Duende?" For those who don't know, "El Duende" (The Goblin/Ghost) is a radio personality on WOCN 1450 AM, which appears for only TEN MINUTES daily, on a radio station that doesn't even register an Arbitron rating, and is mostly dominated by Haitian programming.
Why does "El Duende" bother De la Cova?