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

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Harvill, 2001 - Congo - 304 pages
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara was one of the greatest exemplars of the revolutionary 1960s, a man whose heroic adventures were essential to the success of the Cuban Revolution and whose legend fired the imaginations of a whole generation. In 1965, amid worldwide conjecture, Guevara left Cuba, where he was a minister in Fidel Castro's post-revolutionary government, and traveled incognito to the heart of Africa. People's hero Patrice Lumumba had recently been assassinated, and Guevara was to put his theories of guerrilla warfare to use helping the oppressed people of the Congo throw off the yoke of colonial imperialism. The first task was to assist the young Laurent Kabila in his struggle against Mobutu and Tshombe, the two key figures in the newly independent nation. For the first time, The African Dream collects Guevara's unabridged journals of the expedition. They are the record of the bitter failure of a political and ideological dream, and a telling complement to the subsequent rise of Kabila and his recent demise. Most of all, the diaries afford the reader a very personal insight into the thoughts and emotions of Che Guevara, the twentieth century's great revolutionary martyr. -- From (Nov. 1, 2017).

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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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