||Draws on previously untapped international sources to profile the dramatic relationship between the Cuban dictator and Argentine revolutionary, tracing their introduction in Mexico City's underground, overthrow of the Batista regime, and contributions to such infamous events as the Cuban missile crisis.
||Simon Reid-Henry vividly recreates the early years of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara when the idealistic Che and the revolutionary Fidel became friends and allies in revolution. Alternating between the two figures, and drawing on his extensive research in archives, Reid-Henry examines the historical and political forces that shaped them, as well as how, for a time, they shaped history.||.
|Editors Note 2
||A unique dual portrait shines new light on two of the most dramatic figures of the twentieth century. Drawing on sources in Cuba, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Russia, and on material not available to previous biographers, Simon Reid-Henry has crafted a compelling portrait of a revolutionary era and the two men whose names and deeds personify it: Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. What began as an association of convenience would fundamentally shape their political visions, propelling them further than either had dared imagine. Ironically, though, their jointly conceived vision of revolution would ultimately force them to choose between friendship and their beliefs. At a momentous turning point in Cuban history, Simon Reid-Henry offers a fascinating and original chronicle of two of the most powerful personalities in recent memory.
||In the early hours of the morning of November 25, 1956, there was unusual activity at the small port town of Tuxpan, one of the few settlements situated between Veracruz and Ciudad Madero on the long, sweeping arc of Mexico's coast.