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A new perspective on an old story..
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2015
The authors recount the end of Che Guevara's guerrilla activities in Bolivia from the perspective of the folks that provided training for the Bolivian counterinsurgency troops. It is well written and easy to read. The only thing that seems like it was spoon fed to the authors by the CIA agent, Felix Rodriguez, was the strange account of Guevara telling Rodriguez, right before his execution, that his appointment by Castro as the head of the national bank in Cuba in 1960 was the result of a misunderstanding. Castro supposedly asked his cabinet for an "economist", and Guevara raised his hand because he thought Castro had asked for a "communist". This was a very old joke that was bandied about in Havana at the time Guevara was appointed to that position. It is completely apocryphal. It was meant to make fun of the inexperience of the new government that had come into town from the hills. For Guevara to repeat it when he was at death's door is not credible.