Friday, May 6 at 7 PM
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY 10016
New York City book launch:
The Politics of Che Guevara: Theory and Practice
by Samuel Farber
Ernesto “Che” Guevara remains a symbol to legions of young rebels and revolutionaries. Fifty years after his death, Che’s face is still emblazoned across T-shirts and posters throughout the world.
Writers remain similarly possessed, with no shortage of pages written on Guevara’s breathtaking life crossing South America by motorcycle, trekking through the jungles of Cuba, leading military units in Africa, or his death in the mountains of Bolivia. These episodes are deployed as proof that Che is either a bloodthirsty tyrant or a fearless hero. These approaches have often obscured and mystified as much as they have illuminated his political legacy.
For the first time, those curious about Che Guevara will have a way to engage with his political ideas and practical political record. The Politics of Che Guevara is a portrait focused on Guevara’s thought and practical political record, aimed at dispelling many of the myths about the revolutionary leader.
This volume examines Guevara’s views on socialism, democracy, and revolution and asks what lessons can be learned by today’s activists and social movements. It will also analyze Guevara’s conduct as guerrilla commander and government administrator in Cuba, his political perspectives on revolutionary agency and his attempts to implement them in Cuba, Africa and Bolivia, as well as Guevara’s economic views.
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Samuel Farber was born and raised in Marianao, Cuba, and came to the United States in February 1958. He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and taught at a number of colleges and universities including UCLA and, most recently, Brooklyn College, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. His scholarship on Cuba is extensive and includes many articles and two previous books: Revolution and Reaction in Cuba, 1933–1960 (Wesleyan University Press, 1976) and The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). Farber was active in the Cuban high school student movement against Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s, and has been involved in socialist politics for more than fifty years.
Sponsored by Haymarket Books and International Socialist Organization (NYC) & GC-ISO, as part of their monthly Socialism Series