The African Dream: The Diaries of the Revolutionary War in the Congo

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Harvill, 2001 - Congo - 244 pages
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In January 1965, Ernesto 'Ch ' Guevara, one of the heroes of the Cuban revolutionary war, and a minister in Fidel Castro's government, vanished. His sudden disappearance aroused conjecture all over the world. He eventually surfaced in Africa where, with a hundred Cuban guerrilla fighters to assist him, he put into action his revolutionary theories of how to help the oppressed people of Africa throw off the yoke of colonial imperialism. The African Dream consists of the hitherto unpublished diaries that Guevara kept while he was in Africa. The diaries record the first steps in the catastrophic, if heroic, adventure that was to lead ultimately to his death in the Bolivian jungle and to the creation of one of the most potent romantic legends of our time. They also offer a unique insight into a man who was one of the most compelling and charismatic figures in 20th century politics.

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In June 1960, the Congo gained independence from Belgium following dramatic events led by left-wing Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. Following the assassination of Lumumba, Cuban revolutionary Guevara ... Read full review

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Ernesto Guevara (he was always known by the Argentinean nickname "Che") was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1928 and trained as a doctor. Disillusioned with the right-wing government of Juan Peron, he left home in 1959, he helped Fidel Castro to overthrow the Cuban dictator Batista. He was a minister in the Cuban government from 1961-65 and become a key figure in the revolutionary movements of the 1960s. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967.

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