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At the Side of Che Guevara: Interviews with Harry Villegas (Pombo)

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Villegas worked and fought alongside Ernesto Che Guevara for a decade--in Cuba, the Congo, and Bolivia. A brigadier general in Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces, he talks about the struggles he has taken part in over four decades and explains the importance of Guevara's political legacy for a new generation around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873488556
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 41
  • Sales rank: 1,250,613

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    Honest, Straightforward, and Audacious

    &#8220 Honest, straightforward and audacious&#8221 is how the author describes Che Guevara, the Argentine who along with Fidel Castro led the Cuban revolution to victory. Such description is the polar opposite of the dishonest, double-speaking and cowardly character of imperialist leaders in Che&#8217 s time: Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, as well as today: Bush, Clinton and Bush. Some of who used their wealth and privileges to evade the fire of war. All of who glibly sent young people off to slaughter others or be killed while trying to protect the interests of the ruling rich. This 36-page pamphlet, including the excellent footnotes and photographs, is a wonderful introduction to the Cuban revolution and its foreign policy. It is made up of easy-to-read interviews with &#8220 Pombo&#8221 &#8211 Harry Villegas, brigadier general in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba who fought alongside Che during the final battles of the Cuban revolution as well as with freedom fighters in the Congo and Bolivia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    A life of solidarity

    One way to measure the Cuban Revolution is to look at the women and men it produces. This pamphlet does just that. It both tells us about Harry Villegas¿s amazing life and gives us a number of his insights. Villegas (also known as Pombo) joined the Revolution as a working class youth in rural Cuba. Since then, his life has been dedicated to world solidarity, frequently risking his life. Pombo served at the side of Che Guevara in Cuba, Africa, and Bolivia. After Che was executed by the CIA, Pombo led a small band of Cubans in a courageous escape from Bolivia. After that, he served in Angola as part of the Cuban force that helped defeat the invasion by apartheid South Africa. What a life! This man and his insights are a true reflection of the Cuban revolution and its incredible record of solidarity with the oppressed.

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