On February 24, 1957, the front page of the New York Times proclaimed that Fidel Castro was alive and well, contradicting previous news stories and Cuban government reports. This headline set off a flood of US journalists who, for the next 18 months, rushed to interview Cuba's “Jungle Fighters.” These journalists not only reported on the Cuban rebellion but also expounded on their own heroism, as if they were playing a part in a revolutionary adventure saga. In Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How Castro Manipulated American Journalists, Leonard Teel examines the exploits of 13 of these US reporters who journeyed into the Sierra Maestra from 1957 to 1958, putting themselves in harm's way in order to bring home the next big scoop. Teel recounts their stories in ten fast-moving chapters that will keep many readers turning pages. Unfortunately, aspects of his...

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