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The author recounts his experiences over five decades of the revolution. From a teenage
combatant in the clandestine struggle and 1956–58 war that brought down the
US-backed dictatorship, to serving three times as a leader of the Cuban volunteer forces
that helped Angola defeat the army of white-supremacist South Africa, Zayas tells how he
and other ordinary men and women in Cuba changed the course of history and, in the
process, transformed themselves as well.
“With this firsthand account of his involvement from the front lines of the Cuban
Revolution, Zayas captures the heady days of late 1958–early 1959.…
[R]ecommended for libraries strong on history and current events, as well for popular
collections on Latin America's social movements.”—Library Journal
online review of the Spanish edition. To read the complete review click here
“Telling his own life story of being a farm worker to leading armies, [Zayas]
provides his own unique perspective on Cuba’s revolution and much more. A
fascinating delve into history from another perspective, Soldier of the Cuban
would do well in international history collections.”—Midwest
The book’s strength rests … on Zayas’s ability to present an account of
the revolution through the eyes of someone who played a significant role in its initiation
and consolidation."—Bulletin of Latin American Research
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review click here.
"The book is a valuable source as it retells a part of Cuba’s history rarely known
in the US.… Recommended for public and academic libraries."—REFORMA
online review of the Spanish edition.
This book is part of a series, The Cuban Revolution in World
. Click to see the other titles or to order the entire series.
Introduction by Mary-Alice Waters, photos, index, maps.