Fidel and Che

Fidel and Che

A Revolutionary Friendship

Book - 2009 | 1st U.S. ed.
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A unique dual portrait shines new light on two of the most dramatic figures of the twentieth century.

Drawing on sources in Cuba, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Russia, and on material not available to previous biographers, Simon Reid-Henry has crafted a compelling portrait of a revolutionary era and the two men whose names and deeds personify it: Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. What began as an association of convenience would fundamentally shape their political visions, propelling them further than either had dared imagine. Ironically, though, their jointly conceived vision of revolution would ultimately force them to choose between friendship and their beliefs.

At a momentous turning point in Cuban history, Simon Reid-Henry offers a fascinating and original chronicle of two of the most powerful personalities in recent memory.

Publisher: New York : Walker 2009, c2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802715739
Branch Call Number: 972.91064 C355re
Characteristics: xii, 431 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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marishkajuko
Nov 13, 2011

A very thorough history of Fidel and Che's time working together. Although the title concerns friendship, I'm not entirely sure the dynamic of their relationship is exemplified enough through all the historical detail. The author has obviously done extensive research and has articulated the key points of their history together, gives a few cues here and there, but does leave some of it up to the reader to figure out on their own. Plus, since one guy's long dead and the other not really accessible, much is left to speculation.

As a general Cuban Revolution enthusiast with a working knowledge of the events and key players, I found this book laid another layer of granular information I hadn't yet gleaned from other readings - there was more to this than the same old rehash of the revolution. This is not a quick read by any means, and Cuban Revolution/Che/Fidel novices may find this book a bit overwhelming.

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