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In a new, expanded edition of a best-selling Ocean classic, Castro describes a historic political partnership that changed the face of Cuba and Latin America. He vividly portrays Che—the man, the revolutionary, and the thinker—recounting in detail his last days with Che in Cuba, giving a remarkably frank assessment of the Bolivian mission. Fidel Castro, in an unusually gent In a new, expanded edition of a best-selling Ocean classic, Castro describes a historic political partnership that changed the face of Cuba and Latin America. He vividly portrays Che—the man, the revolutionary, and the thinker—recounting in detail his last days with Che in Cuba, giving a remarkably frank assessment of the Bolivian mission. Fidel Castro, in an unusually gentle, quite emotional mood, remarks, “For me it has been hard to accept the idea that Che is dead. I have dreamed of him often, that I spoke with him, that he was alive . . .” Includes Castro’s speech on the return of Che’s remains to Cuba in 1997.


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In a new, expanded edition of a best-selling Ocean classic, Castro describes a historic political partnership that changed the face of Cuba and Latin America. He vividly portrays Che—the man, the revolutionary, and the thinker—recounting in detail his last days with Che in Cuba, giving a remarkably frank assessment of the Bolivian mission. Fidel Castro, in an unusually gent In a new, expanded edition of a best-selling Ocean classic, Castro describes a historic political partnership that changed the face of Cuba and Latin America. He vividly portrays Che—the man, the revolutionary, and the thinker—recounting in detail his last days with Che in Cuba, giving a remarkably frank assessment of the Bolivian mission. Fidel Castro, in an unusually gentle, quite emotional mood, remarks, “For me it has been hard to accept the idea that Che is dead. I have dreamed of him often, that I spoke with him, that he was alive . . .” Includes Castro’s speech on the return of Che’s remains to Cuba in 1997.

30 review for Che: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Ray

    Great, in depth, well written memoir about Che. Che was no saint, but he had profound compassion for the poor and underclasses and put his life on the line for his beliefs... Of coz as a revolutionary leader he had a cruel, or even brutal side. But to me...no matter what - he's absolutely fascinating human being!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pollopicu

    It's a shame there aren't any reviews written on this book on Goodreads yet. It would certainly make for a very interesting discussion. The preface by Jesus Montane wasn't impressive, however, the intro written by David Deutschmann helped give the reader a quick chronological biography on the political history and contribution that Che Guevara offered the Cuban Revolution. The analysis that Castro offers on the death of Che is thoroughly fascinating. Castro defends the truth behind the murder of It's a shame there aren't any reviews written on this book on Goodreads yet. It would certainly make for a very interesting discussion. The preface by Jesus Montane wasn't impressive, however, the intro written by David Deutschmann helped give the reader a quick chronological biography on the political history and contribution that Che Guevara offered the Cuban Revolution. The analysis that Castro offers on the death of Che is thoroughly fascinating. Castro defends the truth behind the murder of his beloved comrade as if he's posthumously defending his own character and honor. Technically, it's not the most sophisticated memoir. In parts Castro tends to get cyclical, but at the same time is able to make good points and does an impressive job at disproving the lies behind Barrientos' statements concerning Che's diary. It goes without saying that this memoir plays homage to Che's revolutionary spirit and heroism. It's Castro's personal eulogy to the memory of all the virtues that embodied Che's altruistic qualities. This memoir is not only moving but inspiring as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed

    I have been looking for such a book for a long time. I wanted to read Castro's story on Che's death, how he received the news, how he made sure that news was correct, and how he addressed the world on that. This book is exactly about that, in addition to other related things. I found this book very interesting because of the things I mentioned. There are many stories on Che's death since it was unclear and a lot of people tried to change the true story. I'm not saying that Castro's story is the tr I have been looking for such a book for a long time. I wanted to read Castro's story on Che's death, how he received the news, how he made sure that news was correct, and how he addressed the world on that. This book is exactly about that, in addition to other related things. I found this book very interesting because of the things I mentioned. There are many stories on Che's death since it was unclear and a lot of people tried to change the true story. I'm not saying that Castro's story is the true one, it's just the closest one to truth, since he was strongly related to the matter. There are also few interviews with Castro on his relationship with Guevara. I completely enjoyed reading them, too. Generally speaking, the book is very good for those who are interested in Guevara.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Austin Neaves

    I recently finished Fidel Castro's memoir of Che Guevara. Because Cold War era history is an interest of mine, and I enjoyed Che's "The Motorcycle Diaries", I decided to give this book a shot. I was pretty disappointed. I've never read a history book that has so much repetition. I feel like one could read the first chapter, or even the introduction and have read every notable thing in the book. The book is actually a collection of speeches and interviews Fidel gave on Che Guevara, mostly covering I recently finished Fidel Castro's memoir of Che Guevara. Because Cold War era history is an interest of mine, and I enjoyed Che's "The Motorcycle Diaries", I decided to give this book a shot. I was pretty disappointed. I've never read a history book that has so much repetition. I feel like one could read the first chapter, or even the introduction and have read every notable thing in the book. The book is actually a collection of speeches and interviews Fidel gave on Che Guevara, mostly covering his death, the type of person he was, and very little else. If you're interested in Che Guevara, then I suggest reading Che himself or a less biased memoir. I give it one star out of five. Originally reviewed on my blog at http://www.AustinJamesHere.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria Piovesana

    "If my final hour finds me under other skies, my last thought will be of this people and especially of you" -Che in his parting letter to Fidel Castro I loved this book - it is a collection of speeches and writings of Fidel Castro which are focused on Che, the majority of them taking place after his death. It gives an insight into the relationship between Che and Castro, as well as what Che means to the people of Latin America (in Castro's perspective). It is touching, powerful, and eloquent. I am "If my final hour finds me under other skies, my last thought will be of this people and especially of you" -Che in his parting letter to Fidel Castro I loved this book - it is a collection of speeches and writings of Fidel Castro which are focused on Che, the majority of them taking place after his death. It gives an insight into the relationship between Che and Castro, as well as what Che means to the people of Latin America (in Castro's perspective). It is touching, powerful, and eloquent. I am having trouble rating this book as I found a couple flaws. One being the obvious and extreme bias, which is not really a problem when you're aware of it, except that it seems to have twisted the truth in a couple of parts. The other major problem is that the book is repetitive, which is understandable as each section was written/delivered in a different time and context, but it does slightly hinder enjoyment. In the end, I think I will give it 5 stars because I enjoyed it so thoroughly, however, I would only recommend this book to people who are very interested in Che and particularly in his death and the consequences that followed it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This compilation of Castro speeches and interviews over a period of nearly 40 years is interesting for what it exposes to me about Fidel. He could speak for hours at the drop of a hat, enmeshing stores about Che into the narrative of his own version of Marxism and the Revolution. Chapter Eight the most enlightening about the expectations Fidel had for the people, their work, and their *rewards* - a long 1987 speech supposedly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Che death; but Fidel speaks i This compilation of Castro speeches and interviews over a period of nearly 40 years is interesting for what it exposes to me about Fidel. He could speak for hours at the drop of a hat, enmeshing stores about Che into the narrative of his own version of Marxism and the Revolution. Chapter Eight the most enlightening about the expectations Fidel had for the people, their work, and their *rewards* - a long 1987 speech supposedly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Che death; but Fidel speaks in long rhetoric about Rectification, a *correction* of the loss of direction of the original Revolution. Do not let this be the only material you read on Che, but make sure to include this in your Revolution Reading List...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Karioris

    To start, this book is not a memoir in any traditional sense. Not that it doesn't give much insight into Guevara, but that it is a collection of speeches and the like by Castro - an intimate of de la Serna, by any and all standards. It is worth reading to understand Fidel, and to see what motivated this process at the beginning. The book, as a component of a broader political education about the revolution is invaluable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dipak Abraham

    A very interesting read. An in-depth look into the life of one of Latin America's biggest revolutionaries through the eyes of his fellow comrade, Fidel Castro. A very interesting read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Excellent Recap Che’s was a life worth learning about. Fidel’s comments and feelings were awesome to read. He had great affection for Che which is clearly stated.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mehdi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have always been interested in Latin American history and Particularly Cuba and Che. I have read pretty much all the book written on Che and this book has to be the best by far. The book is written on the memory of Fidel Castro, a revolutionary friend of Che. Fidel explains why Che despite being killed almost 48 years ago still lives on and his legacy and stronger than ever. Che, a symbol of struggle who lived and died for the poor people of the world. Having asthma from a very young age Che w I have always been interested in Latin American history and Particularly Cuba and Che. I have read pretty much all the book written on Che and this book has to be the best by far. The book is written on the memory of Fidel Castro, a revolutionary friend of Che. Fidel explains why Che despite being killed almost 48 years ago still lives on and his legacy and stronger than ever. Che, a symbol of struggle who lived and died for the poor people of the world. Having asthma from a very young age Che was forced to leave school aside for a few years but it didn't stop him from becoming a doctor and the best men of his generation. Che is truly being missed by people who endure and suffer from the exploitation of the rich corporation in the third world countries and in developed countries. A true legend and an example who will live on until the day sun dies and the world finishes. Viva Che Viva Fidel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patti Williams

    This was a great read, reveals as much about Che as it does about Castro. I was especially surprised at the amount of information Castro seems to provide in his speeches (when everyone was trying to learn whether Che had been killed). And tho I know Che was probably not the romantic icon rebel that many view him as today, I love the fantasy of a handsome, dark, intelligent, man fighting the powerful imperialists to free latin america!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marianne van der Heijden

    Indrukwekkend boek, dat uit speeches en interviews Fidels beeld geeft over Che. Zijn waardering voor Che's revolutionaire vuur en inzet voor de Cubaanse en uiteindelijk de pan-Amerikaanse strijd tegen het imperialisme. Hieruit blijkt ook duidelijk het verschil tussen Fidel, de revolutionaire strateeg en Che, de bevlogen revolutionair ( en romanticus) . Zeer aan te bevelen.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Interesting read. For those who complain about this being a poorly written history book, it is written as a memoir by Fidel Castro. You must go in knowing he is not a historian and will obviously have a bais in his view of the events mentioned. I enjoyed the book immensly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I read much and skimmed some. You can really tell the regard Castro had for Che.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aden Dohn

    a nice collection of fidel's speeches, writings, and interviews about che. Not amazing but not bad either.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vera Lynn Brathen-Gylstrom

    Som nevnt av en annen leser, så sier denne boken like mye om Castro som Che. Talene som er gjengitt i boken er interesant lesning. En bok som er verdt å lese. Inspirerer til videre lesning om Che.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nemo Velazquez

    Una forma muy interesante de ver al Che desde la perspectiva Cubana, además se tiene la oportunidad de conocer a Fidel como un gran orador, que a fin de cuentas mueve masas.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mardell

    A rather subjective point of view from Castro. It would be better to read a well written biography of Che or his diaries.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iris

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhys Davies

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Bugarsky

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wadood Safa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela Case

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yeong

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hogai Aryoubi

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam Tahir

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alfonsus Adi

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