Congo Diary The Story of Che's "Lost" Year in Africa

ISBN-10: 0980429293
ISBN-13: 9780980429299
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Ocean Press
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, to an aristocratic family of Spanish-Irish descent. He was known from an early age for his dynamic personality and radical points of view. Guevara graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in 1953. He witnessed the 1954 CIA-backed coup in Guatemala that ended the regime of socialist Jacobo Arbenz. As a direct result, Guevara became convinced that the United States would never support leftist governments and that violent revolution was the only way to end poverty in Latin America. He joined Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in 1956, and following the Cuban Revolution held several influential posts in the new socialist government, including Minister of Industries. In 1965, Che left Cuba for the ex-Belgian Congo to support the Marxist Simba movement, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Following his time in Africa, Guevara traveled to Bolivia to teach guerrilla warfare to native Communists preparing for revolution. He was captured during a military operation by army forces supported by the United States and executed on October 9, 1967. Guevara's remains were discovered in 1997 and relocated to a mausoleum in Cuba. Guevara had a daughter with Hilda Gadea, whom he married in 1955 and divorced in 1959, and four children with his second wife, Aleida March, a Cuban-born member of the 26th of July movement. He also had a son with Lilia Rosa Lpez. After his death Guevara became a global icon of martyrdom and a symbol of rebellion, particularly during the worldwide student protests of the late 1960s. Among his most noted written works, which include texts on guerilla warfare, socialism, and political economy, are "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Bolivian Diary," and "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War."

Ernesto Che Guevarawas the legendary Latin American guerrilla fighter who joined the Cuban revolutionary movement that toppled the Batista dictatorship. He played a leading role in the early years of the Cuban revolution and made an extraordinary and original contribution to Marxist theory. He died at the hands of CIA assassins in Bolivia in 1967. Aleida Guevarais the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatrician in Havana and has been a prominent speaker at the World Social Forums.

Maps
Editors' Note
Che Guevara in the Congo
Foreword
Congo Diary
Preface: An Initial Warning
First Act
Second Act
First Impressions
The First Month
A Hope Dies
A Defeat
The Shooting Star
Winds from the West, Breezes from the East
Breaking Loose
Scattering Seeds
Attempting "Pursuit"
The Patient Grows Worse
Taking the Pulse
The Beginning of the End
A Battle against Time
Various Escapes
Disaster
The Whirlwind
A Stab in the Back
The Eastern Front Sinks into a Coma
The Collapse
Epilogue
Appendices:
Glossary: Clarification of Swahili Names and Terms
List of the Cuban Combatants in the Congo

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