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The African Dream: The Diaries of the Revolutionary War in the Congo

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara was one of the greatest exemplars of the revolutionary 1960s, a man whose heroic adventures were essential to the success of the Cuban Revolution and whose legend fired the imaginations of a whole generation. In 1965, amid worldwide conjecture, Guevara left Cuba, where he was a minister in Fidel Castro's postrevolutionary government, and traveled inco ...more
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Published September 11th 2001 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Mariam
"I learnt certain things in the Congo. Some mistakes I will never make again, others perhaps I will - and there will be new ones that I shall commit. I set off with more faith than ever in the guerrilla struggle, yet we failed. My responsibility is great; I shall not forget the defeat, nor its most precious lessons."

Africa has a long way to go before it reaches revolutionary maturity. - Che
Arnoldo Garcia
Oct 19, 2014 Arnoldo Garcia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Che buffs, historians, diarists, writers.
Shelves: historic-matter
Only Ernesto Che Guevara could disappear into a sugar cane field as a volunteer worker in Cuba and re-emerge as an internationalist fighting for liberation in Africa, living his words with deeds. Guevara learned bitter lessons leading a guerrilla column in the Congo (1965) that in any case would still cost him his life almost two years later in Bolivia. He starts his diary with a gut-wrenching transparency of truthfulness that only he, Che, mastered. So much that this work of his time in the Con ...more
Rob G.
Nicely written and easily presented. I enjoy the honesty that Che Guevara provides. He admits his mistakes and does not see himself above any other loyal solider. That is something to admire.
Museveni
Incredibly fascinating. Che landed in Congo full of hope for international proletarianism, after a tour of Africa, visiting the continent's many so called anti-imperialist leaders.

In Congo though he found, instead of the peasant supported revolutionaries he hoped for:
- warring tribes' war lords abusing the neighbouring farmers they're supposed to be fighting for
- corrupt mid and high level political leaders, using their international funding for alcohol, prostitutes, and drugs
- and soldiers th
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Tim
This book is just one chapter in the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries of the past century. Guevara is not afraid to admit his shortcomings in this book, and this writing will show the tremendous drive he had to improve the condition of the world's peoples from the exploitation of neo-colonialism and imperialistic empire. He saw the expedition in the Congo as more than just a nationalistic mission, but one that would affect the tentacles of capitalism from destroying even more of the w ...more
Jeremy
A mixed experience for me. In the beginning I was pretty enthusiastic about the book. The prologue, which gave a good overview of the events in the book, was informative and intriguing. The Che-written book that follows was also pretty readable. And early on I enjoyed seeing his early impressions of the Congo and his frank admissions of where he felt he went wrong. But after a while, the story felt bogged down by details. The book became more and more of a slog as I lost track of the various cha ...more
Marc
again no real diary. Despite that, the book still has its moments, since Che is describes honestly his state of mind at all times. The major complain here is the length, it simply did not happen enough in the Conga to warrant 320 pages. I often found myself bored and not paying much attention, when Che was complaining for the 100th time (no exaggeration)about the attitude of the african revolutionairies. Only recommened for people really interested in the man.
(Jenn) Yune Lee
as a friend once told me, by the time che was writing this, he was seeing, breathing, eating, drinking, and shitting revolution...

it was a bit too much for me, especially as i am in west/central africa and seeing some strange similarities between the africa through che's eyes and mine... well, it was not an uplifting read... his passion and eloquence is admirable, but...
Kay
I think this is an important book, but the intro deifies Che, in a way that is unnecessary and off-putting, especially in a book in which his mission fails. Also, Che comes of as a bit of a racist in the diary, mocking the Congolese's religious beliefs. It drags a bit. Not much else to say on the matter.
Rui Igreja
The diaries of Che Guevara during the months he spent fighting the "imperialists" in the east part of Congo. The book starts with "This is the history of a failure", and, with all the Congolese organization mess, Che concludes that the Congolese weren't ready for the Revolution.
Abe
Jan 25, 2009 Abe added it
Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna's diary of the Cuban military expedition to the Congo. Once again, a biased account of the conflict, but it is a good descriptor of the frustration Guevara would encounter later in Bolivia.
Max
Sep 16, 2009 Max added it
Like most books I read, not a feel-good story of the year. A very intense and enlightening chronicle of Che's work in the Congo, however.
David Russomano
Extremely informative. This book described a set of circumstances I knew nothing about.
Lennon
A great view of why revolutions sometimes fail, poor communication.
Joseph L.
boring. historical. i learned.
Abby Koch
A guilty pleasure
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