The Authorized Edition
Ernesto Che Guevara
Introduction by Harry "Pombo" Villegas
A bestselling classic for decades, this is Che Guevara’s own incisive analysis of the Cuban revolution—a text studied by his admirers and adversaries alike. It’s an account of what happened in Cuba and why, explaining how a small dedicated group grew in strength with the support of the Cuban people, overcoming their limitations to defeat a dictator’s army.
This new edition features a revised translation and a foreword by Harry “Pombo” Villegas, Che’s compañero in Bolivia and Africa, who was one of the few survivors of the Bolivian mission.
This edition has been authorized and revised by the Che Guevara Studies Center to include for the first time Che’s corrections and his suggestions for further improvements to the text.
Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana.
Che's volume is the other side of the coin, as he details his style of hit-and-run tactics that were paramount to the overthrow of Cuba's government and the establishment of the Castro regime.
The positive feature of guerrilla warfare is that each guerrilla fighter is ready to die not just to defend an idea but to make that idea a reality. This is the essence of the guerrilla struggle. The miracle is that a small nucleus, the armed vanguard of a great popular movement that supports them, can proceed to realize that idea, to establish a new society, to break the old patterns of the past, to achieve, ultimately, the social justice for which they fight.