Carlos Alberto Montaner was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives between Spain and the United States. He is a writer and journalist. He has published some 30 books of essays and narratives. The essays include Latin American and Western Culture, Freedom and its enemies and Manual of the perfect Latin American idiot, published together with Álvaro Vargas Llosa and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza. His three latest novels are The Colonel's Wife, Once Again Goodbye and Time for Scoundrels. For many years he publishes a weekly syndicated column in various newspapers in Spain, Latin America and in the United States, Foreign Policy magazine reported that he is one of the 50 most influential writers of the language, made two weekly comments for radio from different countries and is a CNN analyst in Spanish. He was VP of Liberal International for twenty years. Today he is one of their "patrons." Throughout his career he has received numerous awards (The Madrid Tolerance Prize, a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Francisco Marroquín University, the Juan de Mariana Prize, etc.) This year his memoirs will appear: Without Going Any Further published by Penguin-Random House.