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The first dual biography of the most remarkable political friendship of the twentieth century

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Simon Reid-Henry is a writer and prize-winning scholar of the Cuban revolution. He lives with his partner in London where he lectures in geography at Queen Mary, University of London. This is his first book.

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Before you see Steven Soderberghs Hollywood version of events in the two forthcoming Che films, read Simon Reid-Henry s authoritative account of what really happened - TIME OUT As Simon Reid-Henry shows, their 12-long-year revolutionary friendship was of paramount importance to both these comrades at arms , an EXCELLENT BOOK! - Sydney Morning Herald"The story of two of the most iconic individuals of the 20th century [who] achieved more together than they ever did apart" - The Canberra TimesReid-Henry brings back the danger and intense emotions of that revolutionary period...it reads like adventure fiction. - IndependentLucid, well-researched and highly readable - City AMAs exciting and readable as a Cold War thriller - The TimesGripping...deeply impressive...rigorously sourced - Independent on SundayAbsorbing - Sunday Times

Before you see Steven Soderberghs Hollywood version of events in the two forthcoming Che films, read Simon Reid-Henry s authoritative account of what really happened - TIME OUT As Simon Reid-Henry shows, their 12-long-year revolutionary friendship was of paramount importance to both these comrades at arms , an EXCELLENT BOOK! - Sydney Morning Herald"The story of two of the most iconic individuals of the 20th century [who] achieved more together than they ever did apart" - The Canberra TimesReid-Henry brings back the danger and intense emotions of that revolutionary period...it reads like adventure fiction. - IndependentLucid, well-researched and highly readable - City AMAs exciting and readable as a Cold War thriller - The TimesGripping...deeply impressive...rigorously sourced - Independent on SundayAbsorbing - Sunday Times

One Fidel, two legendary friendships, two books. Reid-Henry's is an exciting, fast-paced history that finally has more to do with the revolutionary movement celebrating its 50th anniversary this year than with the relationship between Castro and Che Guevara. That relationship was one of revolutionary intellectualism and a deep trust. First-timer Reid-Henry explores Fidel's abiding faith in Guevara's abilities and strategies in an adventure story that often reads like fiction. Utilizing primary-source materials and interviews to construct the 12-year relationship between the two revolutionaries, he has created a memorable book. Esteben (Latin American literature, Univ. of Granada) and Panichelli (romance philology, Catholic Univ. of Louvain) take a critical and controversial look at Gabriel GarcIa Marquez and his friendship with Castro. First published in Spain in 2004, this book provides keen insight into the Nobel prize-winning Colombian author and his obsession with power, in this case Castro's power over Cuba and world events. Though both men were in Colombia's capital in 1948 when populist Colombian leader Jorge Gaitan was assassinated, an event that shaped their lives, they did not meet until GarcIa Marquez went to Cuba to cover the revolution. The authors examine this surprising friendship in light of the novelist's literary career and the guerrilla leader's revolutionary path, often pointing out GarcIa Marquez's blind loyalty to Castro's harsh political regime. Although some flow and meaning is lost in the translation, this book delivers a new view of Castro and, most certainly, of GarcIa Marquez. Verdict Both books are recommended for all students of the subjects, and Reid-Henry's book is a considerable achievement.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Libs., AL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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