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Vida clandestina : my life in the Cuban Revolution
Oltuski, Enrique, 1930-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxxi, 302 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
General Note:
"An earlier and shorter version of this book was published in 2000 as Gente del llano"--T.p. verso.
Before the plains and the Sierra -- Batista's coup d'état -- First revolutionary impulses -- Student in the United States -- Journey to Latin America -- Attack on the Moncada Barracks -- Return to Cuba -- Revolutionary quest -- Joining the 26 of July Movement -- The plains -- Conspiracy in Havana -- The civil resistance movement -- The fight in Las Villas -- Strike of April 9 -- The Sierra assumes command -- The Sierra -- Che in Las Villas -- The Sierra maestra -- After the plains and the Sierra -- Batista flees -- Fidel marches on Havana -- Government minister -- The revolution takes power.
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F1788 .O48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Vida Clandestina is the first U.S. publication of the dramatic memoir of an important Cuban revolutionary who led a dangerous double life from 1952 to1959. Educated at University of Miami, then a high-ranking manager and engineer for Shell Oil, Enrique Oltuski was also a leader in the urban guerilla 26th of July Movement in Havana and Santa Clara, risking his life to join forces with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and working at the highest level of the Cuban government in the forty-three years since.

Author Notes

Enrique Oltuski is the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Merchant Marine in Havana, Cuba

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Library Journal Review

Now the Cuban deputy minister of fisheries and merchant marine, Oltuski was one of the more elusive members of the original Cuban guerrilla group led by Fidel Castro. A middle-class Jew educated in the United States, he became a leader of the urban underground while continuing to work as an executive of Shell Oil. This autobiographical description of the revolution recounts his double life as a respected member of the Cuban elite while at the same time he was organizing urban resistance in Havana, raising money for the revolution, and even beginning an underground newspaper. The book is an interesting read, with a large number of stories that have never been told. It provides additional insight into this period of Cuban history, which has recently received significant attention with the opening of Cuban archives and the publication of accounts written by the leaders of the revolution. This book will be of interest to libraries with Latin American and Cuban collections.-Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Eduardo Torres-Cuevas
Forewordp. vii
Preface: Why I Wrote This Bookp. xvii
A Brief History of Cubap. xxiii
Map of Cubap. xxxiii
Before the Plains and the Sierra
1 Batista's Coup d'Etatp. 3
2 First Revolutionary Impulsesp. 15
3 Student in the United Statesp. 25
4 Journey to Latin Americap. 35
5 Attack on the Moncada Barracksp. 45
6 Return to Cubap. 55
7 Revolutionary Questp. 63
8 Joining the 26th of July Movementp. 75
The Plains
9 Conspiracy in Havanap. 89
10 The Civil Resistance Movementp. 105
11 The Fight in Las Villasp. 121
12 Strike of April 9p. 139
13 The Sierra Assumes Commandp. 155
Photographsp. 173
The Sierra
14 Che in Las Villasp. 189
15 The Sierra Maestrap. 205
After the Plains and the Sierra
16 Batista Fleesp. 229
17 Fidel Marches on Havanap. 239
18 Government Ministerp. 253
19 The Revolution Takes Powerp. 267
Epiloguep. 275
Glossaryp. 290
About the Authorp. 295
About the Translatorsp. 296
Indexp. 297