Inside the Cuban Revolution

Inside the Cuban Revolution

Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground

Book - 2002
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Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the revolutionary roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores to a central position the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano. Granted unprecedented access to the classified records of Castro's 26th of July Movement's underground operatives - the only scholar inside or outside of Cuba allowed access to the complete collection in the Cuban Council of State's Office of Historic Affairs - she details the ideological, political, and strategic debates between Castro's mountain-based guerrilla movement and the urban revolutionaries in Havana, Santiago, and other cities.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780674008489
Branch Call Number: 972.91063 S974i 2002
Characteristics: xv, 254 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 20, 2016

With the recent death of Fidel Castro, there may be a renewed interest in Cuban politics and the Cuban Revolution. Younger people might ask "Wait, why do we hate Cuba again?" I never studied anything about Cuba or the roots of the revolution in school and still don't really have a full picture of it, although I know part of "The Godfather II" is set right before the fall of Batista. "Inside the Cuban Revolution" is not the book to start with. Published by Harvard University Press and written by Julia Sweig, who worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the book presumes a familiarity with the history and feels written for a mostly academic audience. Sweig, who was granted access to new documents by the Cuban government, focuses on 2 key years leading up to the revolution, 1957-1958, and details the many groups opposed to the Batista government, of which Castro and his campadres, was just one, and makes the case that the urban groups were an important part of the revolution, something which the Castro narrative leaves out. Again, not a book for the Cuba novice. I might start with Jon Lee Anderson's biography of Che.


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