"Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958" by Lillian Guerra

Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958 Lillian Guerra

Publication date:
24 Apr 2018
Yale University Press
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
48 b-w illus.

In this important and timely volume, one of today’s foremost experts on Cuban history and politics fills a significant gap in the literature, illuminating how Cuba’s sovereign electoral democracy underwent a tumultuous transformation into a military dictatorship. Lillian Guerra draws on her years of research in newly opened archives and on personal interviews to shed light on the men and women of Cuba who participated in mass mobilization and civic activism to establish social movements in their quest for social and racial justice and for more accountable leadership. Driven by a sense of duty toward la patria (the fatherland) and their dedication to heroism and martyrdom, these citizens built a powerful underground revolutionary culture that shaped and witnessed Batista’s overthrow in the late 1950s. Beautifully illustrated with archival photographs, this volume is a stunning addition to Latin American history and politics.

Lillian Guerra is the Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Cuba and Caribbean History at the University of Florida and the author of Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 19591971. She lives in Gainesville, FL.