By Nelson A. Diaz

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A young boy’s journey escaping Castro’s Cuba and realizing the American Dream

What if you had to leave everyone you love and everything you know to start a new life—at age 13, by yourself?

That’s the story of Nelson A. Diaz, a successful engineer and real estate investor who fled Castro’s Cuba alone as a teenager—to escape his certain fate as a soldier in the Cuban Army. Nelson’s journey took him to two countries, six cities, and many adventures until he was reunited with his family in Miami, Florida. Then Nelson navigated the uncertainties as an immigrant, the prejudices as a Cuban-American, and the language barriers as a Spanish-speaker–all while simultaneously trying to survive adolescence! 

Nelson went on to found a successful real estate business in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and he shares his best business advice at the end of his book.   

Gracias, Fidel! is the quintessential success story, the underdog’s triumph, and the American dream realized.

About the Author
With the support of his family, Cuban-born Nelson A. Diaz escaped a certain fate as a soldier in Castro’s army by emigrating to America—via Spain—when he was just thirteen. Several years later, he graduated with an advanced degree in engineering from Rutgers University.

Today, Nelson is the founder/owner of Mi Casa Properties in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He and his team focus on acquiring, rehabilitating, and managing single, multi-family, and commercial properties in urban areas of Lehigh County. Nelson led Mi Casa while serving as a Project Manager in the Nuclear Department for PPL Electric Utilities, until his retirement from PPL a few years ago.

Nelson has three sons and two grandsons, and he lives in Allentown. He enjoys sailing and traveling with his family. Gracias, Fidel! is his first book.

Specifications (English version)
Format: Paperback
Trim size: 5×8
Cover price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-958711-42-2
Page count: 132

Specifications (Spanish version)
Format: Paperback
Trim size: 5×8
Cover price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-958711-58-3
Page count: 136