Scholars must exercise caution when reading works published by advocacy presses, and this is a case in point. Released in Spanish by a well-known progressive outlet, the book consists of interviews with four generals (Néstor López Cuba, Enrique Carreras, José Ramón Fernández, and Harry Villegas, a.k.a. “Pombo”) who participated in the Cuban Revolution and later occupied prominent positions in the revolutionary regime. The interviews with López Cuba, Carreras, and Fernández took place in October 1997 (the month Che Guevara’s remains returned to Cuba). The interview with Villegas took place in November 1998.

The October 1997 sessions consist of ideological cheerleading by two North American “revolutionaries” who spend much time extolling their virtues as vanguards in the belly of the imperialist beast. Amid self-congratulation and bluster are queries focused on each general’s role in the struggle against Batista, the Bay of Pigs/Playa Girón battles, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and internationalist missions,...

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