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Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War, 1956-58 [Hardcover]

Ernesto Guevara , Mary-Alice Waters
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February 1996 0873488237 978-0873488235
A firsthand account of the military campaigns and political events that culminated in the January 1959 popular insurrection that overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorship in Cuba. With clarity and humor, Guevara describes his own political education. He explains how the struggle transformed the men and women of the Rebel Army and July 26 Movement led by Fidel Castro. And how these combatants forged a political leadership capable of guiding millions of workers and peasants to open the socialist revolution in the Americas. Guevara's Episodes appears here complete for the first time in English.

Also available in: Spanish

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Episodes Of The Cuban Revolutionary War, 1965-58 is a firsthand account of the military battles and political campaigns that culminated in the January 1959 mass armed insurrection that overthrew the U. S. -backed Batista dictatorship. Episodes Of The Cuban Revolutionary War, 1965-58 shows how Che Guevara and other Rebel Army combatants were transformed by their experiences into leaders of the working people in Cuba. Written with clarity and humor, Guevara explains how the revolution's social program emerged out of class-struggle experience by workers and peasants themselves, and how the Rebel Army and July 26 Movement grew into a revolutionary force capable of leading millions to carry through a socialist revolution in the years after the 1959 victory. Guevara's complete and unabridged Episodes Of The Cuban Revolutionary War, 1965-58 appears in this Pathfinder Press edition in English for the first time. This edition also contains letters and other documents written by Guevara during the war. With Cuba coming back into the news with stories of tragedy and deprivation, Guevara's writings will once again remind the reading public that this revolution had compelling cause in its inception and will help to explain its durability in the face of overwhelming difficulties. -- Midwest Book Review

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Pr (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873488237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873488235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,179,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernesto Che Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928. After fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the three-year guerilla war in Cuba, he became Minister for Industry following the victory of the Cuban revolution. In 1966 he established a guerilla base in Bolivia. He was captured and killed in 1967.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Che should have been an author! January 24, 2002
Che's unique and splendid writting style manifests itself in this excellent book, detailing the myriad battles and episodes of the Cuban Revolution. A must for all!!!
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"Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War, 1956-58" is Ernesto Guevara’s own account of the final 2 years of the revolutionary war that led to the first socialist revolution of the Americas. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, born in Argentina in 1928, became a central leader of the Cuban revolution of 1959. Many people in the United States today know only a romanticized version of this outstanding communist leader through such things as the recent film, “The Motorcycle Diaries.” "Episodes" is an unexaggerated, honest account of how the last years of the Cuban revolutionary war were conducted. This marvelous book tells the real story of how the young, adventurous Ernesto Guevara – whose compassion for and interest in the peoples of Latin America shows even in “The Motorcycle Diaries” – became Che Guevara, the committed, Marxist leader. Full of warmth, eloquence, and, at times, poetic sensibilities, Che’s diaries show us how the Cuban communist leadership was forged in battle; how the revolutionary combatants cemented bonds with peasants in the countryside and with workers in the cities; and how a popular revolutionary government was built on these foundations. This book is a must-read for any revolutionary minded fighter today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First hand account of the Cuban Revolution October 30, 1999
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First, a great book! Second, the author is none other than Che Guevara. Third, humorously and eloquently written, Che explains a revolutionary's fight for a better life in Cuba leading up to the victory in 1959! A must read for any Che or Cuba fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb edition of Che's diaries September 29, 2005
Why does Cuba provide doctors for underdeveloped countries throughout the world-something which far richer countries are unwilling to do? This book by Che shows how Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement has always taken the moral high ground, going back to their triumph over hated dictator Batista. Che documents the reasons for this in these articles, many of which were written as the fighting was going on. He discusses the revolutionaries' respect for the peasants and the way the peasants helped to move the revolutionaries toward a deeper understanding of the class forces involved in the Cuban revolution. This made it possible to integrate many peasants into the revolutionary army. Che describes the care that was taken to treat rank and file enemy soldiers well, especially the wounded. His crystal clear writing style and fine sense of humor are based on a total grasp of the situation. This book includes two superb articles on Che, one by his comrade Fidel Castro and another by the editor, Mary-Alice Waters, as well as valuable notes, glossary, chronology, and index. While amazon may list this book as unavailable from time to time, it is always available from booksfrompathfinder listed under "new and used" at the top of this page.
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