(New York Post) With his shaggy beard and rumpled, olive-drab fatigues, Fidel Castro presented himself to the world as a modest man of the people.
At times, he claimed he made just 900 pesos ($43) a month and lived in a "fisherman's hut" somewhere on the beach.
But Castro's public image was a carefully crafted myth, more fiction than fact.
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"While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret," wrote Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, Castro's longtime bodyguard.