on 8 July 2010
This book is written by a Cuban guerilla organiser, Ulises Estrada, and the text wears the biases of its author on it's sleeve. Some passages are unwittingly comical, such as Estrada's description of Tania looking from West Germany into her old home of the GDR, "Tania saw enormous differences between the capitalist system of West Germany, and the immense social progress achieved by socialism in the GDR. To her regret Tania was only able to see East Berlin over the Berlin Wall, constructed a few years previously" (p. 62). Estrada makes no mention of the fact that the Berlin Wall was constructed to imprison the GDR's citizens in the socialist utopia he praises.
The book does however provide some useful information on the Cubans' methods for training spys into infiltrating them into Latin American dictatorships. About half the book consists of appendices relating to Tania's training, the recovery of her body from Bolivia, and her mother's attempt to successfully prevent the publication of a libelous account of Tania's relationship with Che Guevara.
This account never strays from the Party line and offers no real critical analysis of Cuba's foreign policy in the years following the Cuban Revolution. Personally I'd recommend getting this book from your local library and saving your money for Jon Lee Anderson's Che Guevara, A Revolutionary Life.