This volume is a compilation of various articles previously published in Cuba over a twenty year period. The author held various offices before the Castro era, lectured and wrote extensively, and is now in exile in the United States. The declared purpose of the book is to memoralize those who carried on the abortive Ten Years’ War for Cuban independence (1868-1878), and then resumed the struggle intermittently until the final phase which began in 1895 and succeeded after the intervention of the United States.

The articles center around various leaders, with particular attention to Ignacio Agramonte. He together with Calixto García and Máximo Gómez formed the original triumvirate of rebel “generals” in the guerrilla warfare which began against Spain in 1868. Agramonte was the only one of the three who did not survive, being killed in a skirmish at Jimaguayú in 1873. He became a martyred hero, a sentimental rallying point through the later years of the struggle, called by some the “Founder” of Cuba’s first republican regime.

Other personalities discussed are Vicente García, Secretary of War of the “Republic,” who was the only prominent opponent of Gómez’s invasion of the West; José Antonio Maceo, leader of the group which formulated the “Protest of Baragua” rejecting the Peace of Zanjón on the ground that the pact did not grant either independence or the abolition of slavery; the scholarly Mariano Aramburo, whose voice was heard but little heeded in the mother country; and of course both José Martí and Máximo Gómez, noted as the team of “maestro” and “generalísimo” of the Cuba Libre movement.

The book provides an interesting glimpse of men and events, but can hardly be termed a particularly valuable contribution to historiography. This era of Cuban history has been much more comprehensively done by others. A tendency to use the superlative indicates a purpose here to pen a popular account of revolutionary leaders and movements. For example, Agramonte is described as a noble martyr whose “glorious death” made him a veritable “Bayard.” All leaders are “titans” and the uprising is “la Gran Revolución.” Miniscule activities in the span of Cuban history are called “glorious actions” and the period under discussion is called the “Grand Epoch” of a nation which in reality was not yet truly born. Perhaps the best side of this work is the attention given to Agramonte, because he probably does deserve to be better known as a gallant and personable figure in Cuban revolutionary history.

There is no bibliography or index. There are a number of pictures of Martí, Gómez, Agramonte, and others, and a sketch map of the area around Jimaguayú. The book contains some useful quotations from leaders, junta pronunciamientos, proposed constitutions, and plans of military operations.