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Marianas in Combat: Tete Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon in Cuba's Revolutionary War 1956-58 Paperback – January 8, 1990

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"Puebla's compelling personal life story is complemented throughout by an assortment of visual materials; including maps, excerpts from correspondence between members of the July 27 Movement, and photos of significant historical figures.... [F]or undergraduate Latin American History and Women's Studies survey courses." --Cuban Studies
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  • Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Pr; 1 edition (January 8, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873489578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873489577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Miller on July 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an interview with Brigadier General Teté Puebla, the highest-ranking female officer of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. The interview is conducted by Mary-Alice Waters, the president of Pathfinder Press.
In the exchange with the interviewer Teté tells the story of her experiences in the Cuban revolutionary war. And the story she tells indicates a great deal about how the Cuban revolution, from its earliest days, tried to promote the emancipation of women from their subjugated condition.
Teté's struggle began in 1956, not as a fight for the rights of women, but as a fight for the most basic rights of her community in the town of Yara in Eastern Cuba under siege by Batista's thugs. Once the rebel band led by Fidel Castro was established in the area, Teté began running errands for them, smuggling guns and supplies.
Discovered by the army's agents, she was forced to flee to the Sierra in July 1957. She was integrated into the guerrilla army in a support capacity. As a resourceful and courageous fighter, she soon came to grips with the fact that there was no women's combat unit. So she volunteered to form one. Fidel agreed, and thus was born the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon (the Marianas). The young women fighters went into combat together with the men, and, in addition to demonstrating their bravery and marksmanship, laid the foundation stone for a new kind of society in Cuba.
The new Cuba was born with men and women fighting side by side on an equal basis to liberate Cuba from the misery imposed upon it by the colossus to the north. This egalitarian principle, laid down in battle as a norm of action, became a model for the new society as it developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pulley on July 5, 2003
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This is the story of the Cuban revolution, told by a woman who joined the fight to oust Batista in 1956 when she was 15. Her stories from those times of organizing in the cities and combat in the countryside tell a lot about what kind of revolution this was to become. The care taken of prisoners, for example, was a big part of breaking down discipline in Batista's army.
In her work following Batista's departure and the victory of the July 26 forces, Tete Puebla helped organize housing and education for widows and children. Included were the families left behind by the worst henchmen for Batista, who were treated with respect. This was another way the revolutionary new government gained wider support.
Puebla tells the story of a totally different kind of army, and a whole population organized and trained to defend the gains they have made against the plots and aggression from the U.S. government. Included in her story is much of the history of women in Cuba. We learn what's changed since women were "mere bed decorations" and what is left to be accomplished.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Greemway on July 4, 2003
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I loved this book! the only flaw for me was its length--i.e. too short. I wanted to know more about this brave woman fighter and revolutionary from Cuba and her story. As I read Brig. General Puebla's story I asked myself, "What was I doing when I was fifteen?" Just beginning to think about the world and where I fit in. She was becoming a socialist, a spy, a rebel soldier, and a rebel leader in her country to overthrow a dictator and make a revolution. No small feat for a teenager! Today, she is the highest ranking woman in the Cuban army and this is her story as a member and officer of the rebel army's all-women's platoon in the 1950's. In addition to the well written text, there are wonderful photos too that give you a real sense of the courage and strength of the Cuban women yesterday and today.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on May 19, 2003
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Malcolm X and Thomas Sankara both wrote about how the reality of any revolution, and any society is shown in the role of women. This is the story of Tete Puebla, the highest ranking women general in the Cuban army about how Cuban women fought and gained an equal role as combatants in the Cuban revolution, how revolutionary Cuban women played a decisive role in the transformation of Cuban society, about how Cuban women led the fight for literacy in the 1960s, and how Cuban women have fought in Angola, in Grenada, and wherever imperialism threatens the revolution, and how Cuban woman are ready to fight, arms in hands, against Washington's threats to overturn their revolution.

This is no Cooks tour about the perfection of Cuban revolutionists, but it does show how Fidel fought for women's equal role because they were recognized as fighters. To me the most wonderful part is the description of how the revolution dealt not just with the orphans of revolutionary martyrs, but with children orphaned because their parents were in Batista's murderous criminal army. They were all treated the same, as children of the revolution. Read this book and you will recognize the depth of the lies that Washington, and Ottawa, and London throw at the Cuban Revolution. Read this and you will be able to look forward to the time your country can be transformed as Cuba was!

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