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Unvanquished: Cuba's Resistance to Fidel Castro Hardcover – June 1, 2004

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" ... unique: the irrefutable testimony of how hard the Cuban people have fought ... to banish the ill-starred despotism ... " -- Agustín Tamargo, El Nuevo Herald, May 16, 2004

"Encinosa ... writes confidently about the events that have shaped Cuba ... Many of the accounts are compelling ... " -- Madeline Baro Diaz, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, May 30, 2004

"This is a good, solid and timely book." -- Adolfo Rivero, co-founder of Cuba's human rights movement, from a statement in May 2004

About the Author

Enrique Encinosa, born in Havana in 1949, attended high school in Hammond, Indiana and college at Purdue University, where he developed an unusual dual interest: history and boxing. To this day, he retains a strong vocation in the sport as a trainer, manager, promoter, consultant to feature films and author of two books, including the recently-released "Sugar and Chocolate: A History of Cuban Boxing". It is as a historian, however, that Encinosa has had his major influence. In 1989 he published widely praised studies, in English and Spanish, of an event practically unknown outside Cuba: a five-year-long guerrilla war against the Castro regime by inhabitants in the central region of the Escambray.

Encinosa's historical works include "Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution", "Escambray: The Forgotten War" and "Cuba at War". All have been bestsellers in South Florida, where Enrique now lives and works as a news editor for Miami's Spanish-language Radio Mambí.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Pureplaypress.Com; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971436665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971436664
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By EddyG on July 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A concise, but comprehensive look at anti-Castro resistance by Cubans inside and outside the island from 1959 to the present. Encinosa tells an important story that is rarely known outside of the Cuban exile community, as such it is an invaluable study for serious Cuba watchers.
Of special interest, from a military history perspective, was the chapter on the mid-60's anti-Castro guerilla campaign centered in the Escambray mountains of central Cuba. This story is virtually unknown to the outside world, yet captures the courage and defiance to Communist rule, while detailing the uncompromising and brutal tactics Castro used in putting it down. I only wish that a more detailed examination of the Escambray campaign could someday be published. The book flows easily through the various decades, using numerous first-hand accounts of the bravery of those who resisted and the savagery of those who repressed them. Readers will also realize that many of those who took up arms against Castro, had previously supported him. Encinosa also details little known facts about Cuban domestic opposition to their overseas wars. Lastly, a discussion on resistance in the last decade brings to light the viciousness of the Castro regime, best captured in the comments of an individual who tried to set up an 'independent library'.
This book is a great eye-opener that reveals the regime for what it is - repressive and unpopular. Very necessary in light of the constant, and effective propaganda that comes from the island as it tries to influence the more gullible and economic minded sectors of the US. A relevant read given today's developing events.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Using primary and secondary sources Enrique Encinosa offers an account of Cuban history from the democratic forces who lived it.
It takes us from the 1950s to the present day in a concise yet detailed manner that lays out the evolving Cuban scene over the past half century.
It is an enjoyable read that grabs you from the first page and keeps you enthralled until the very end. Nevertheless, it leaves you asking the nagging question: what next for the Cuban people?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Font on October 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Academia claims that the basis for intellectual advancement is the un-biased pursuit of the truth. However, when it comes to events that challenge leftist and liberal views, there is a vacum of "openess and understanding" to opposing realities. This is the case with the study of Cuban socialism and the Cuban exiled community which opposes it. Academias' cover up and blatant manipulation of the exile point of view is a classic example of brainwashing in a massive scale.

Anyone wishing to break away from Academia's stranglehold on the minds of the young, should read this book. You will begin to see the truth about what has happened in Cuba, and how it has been covered up in the US by the liberals and the left.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Moore on April 24, 2008
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Revolutions are not always the noble struggles that many idealistic people embellish them as. They are often sordid, bloody affairs in which one tyrant is replace by an even worse tyrant. The demagogues and megalomaniacs who lead such revolutions always claim to be acting on behalf of the poor, the working class, and the common people. It's these very same people who wind up victimized by the revolution that was supposed to liberate them.

Enrique Encinosa shows us how Castro's Cuba was such a revolution by presenting us with first hand accounts of the people who suffered from it. Many of these people were tough, independent rural campesinos who had their farms taken by Castro and were forced to work as laborers on collective farms. They defied Castro and felt the awful wrath of his brutality.

Encinosa turns alot of left-wing myths about Castro's glorious revolution on their head. In the beginning, the Cuban Revolution had little to do with socialism or communism. The different factions looked to Castro as their leader, which turned out to be a huge mistake. Castro sold out to the Soviets and betrayed many of his fellow revolutionaries who wanted a democratic revolution. Castro admitted that he lied to the people but that it was "for their own good".

The CIA did not initiate the resistance against Castro. It was started by the very same people who helped Castro overthrow Batista who felt they had been betrayed by Castro. Many of these people turned to the U.S. for help because Castro was already receiving Soviet and East bloc military support to secure his power.

Castro controlled the Cuban media and duped the world into believing he was a "David" who was taking on Goliath (the U.S.).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ceci Samartin on February 6, 2007
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An extremely well researched book that leaves no doubt in the mind of this reader that despite almost fifty years of totalitarian rule the dissident voices calling for freedom and justice in Cuba will never be silenced.
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