This is a fantastic book written by a man who has been a friend of mine for over forty years. Dr. Miguel Faria lived through the Cuban Revolution with his family and escaped with his father to the freedom of the United States at the tender age of thirteen. This is the story of the Revolution in Cuba and more—much more. I am honored to review this excellent historical chronicle and have Miguel tell the story about the Cuban’s bravery and indominable courage against Fidel Castro’s communism.
Cuba’s Eternal Revolution is unique for several reasons. The most important reason being that it is written by a person intimately knowledgeable about the Revolution as a survivor; and in addition he is a well-versed historian. Dr. Faria is extensively well read and knowledgeable about the various political systems and philosophies. Of equal importance, the book is also based on a translation of several tomes on the subject written in Spanish and until now, never translated into English.
The book begins with the story of Fidel’s battle to come to power. As with many communists, he chose a hero’s holiday important to the people of Cuba to begin his Revolution. On July 26, 1953, Fidel and his band of thugs attacked the Moncada Barracks and killed several of Fulgencio Batista’s soldiers. Fidel’s group was defeated and he was arrested, tried, and placed in prison, eventually to occupy a lush prison cell much like we saw with Nelson Mandela when he was arrested by the South African government. While confined in prison, Fidel read a great number of communist indoctrination books and strengthened his faith in the communist worldview.
A review of the Cuban history demonstrates that Batista’s government was much kinder to the jailed revolutionary head than the rebel communist government coming to power would be to those they imprisoned. This was historically a dreadful mistake. Fidel’s prisons were indeed hell holes.
As I read the subsequent chapters chronicling the events—revolution versus counterrevolution, I am reminded of a series of books, among many, on similar events in communist history. These classics include: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s three volumes of The Gulag Archipelago; The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes (very important); The Great Terror by Robert Conquest; and Man is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulagby Janusz Bardach and Kathleen Gleeson. Finally, there is also publication from the U.S. Government Printing Office in 1960, called Lest WE Forget! A Pictorial Summery of Communism in Action. Dr. Faria’s latest book, Cuba’s Eternal Revolution should now to be added to this list as well as his previous book on the Cuban Revolution titled Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise, which is also excellent. Both should be read.
Cuba’s Eternal Revolution covers, in detail, the Bay of Pigs invasion tragedy and the United States’ role in the fiasco. Most important, beyond the incredible bravery of the Cubans fighting for a return of their county, are the chapters chronicling the litany of lies Fidel told the people in order to come to power. Critically important to all Americans, especially doctors and medical personnel, is the state of health care in Cuba today, which Dr. Faria discusses in detail.
Dr. Faria does a commanding job in detailing the weakness of collectivism and the incredible strength of individualism. Like in Cuba, Americans are becoming more regimented and controlled by an elite minority who see themselves as gods. This book is easy to read, incorporates timely material, and contains a great deal of information never seen before, even by scholars.
The review is not complete without a brief discussion about the chapter on Che Guevara, Ernest Hemingway, and Víctor Dreke. That chapter demonstrates once again two things: the gullibility of many biographical writers and a similar gullibility in many youths today. Many youth living in a free America wear a tee shirt with Che’s picture on the front, assuming they are supporting a romantic revolutionary that fought oppression by the government. The chapter exposes the real Che—a coward, a thief, and a self-promoter. Virtually everything the youth think they know about Che is a lie.
Guevara was obsessed with hatred as well as a psychopathic killer, as evidenced by him personally ordering the execution of over 14,000 people, many completely innocent. This has been confirmed by careful analysis and scholarship. Hemingway loved to watch these executions, while enjoying his mixed drinks. It is a sobering glimpse of the reality of communism.
Written by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock
Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. is the president of Theoretical Neuroscience Research, LLC, Canton, Mississippi, a retired neurosurgeon, and the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Neuro-Inflammation section of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He has written numerous path-blazing scientific papers and books, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994), Bioterrorism: How You Can Survive (2001), Health and Nutrition Secrets (2002), Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003), and The Liver Cure (2022).
This article may be cited as: Blaylock, RL. Book Review—Cuba’s Eternal Revolution through the Prism of Insurgency, Socialism, and Espionage by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD. HaciendaPublishing.com, July 13, 2023. Available from: https://haciendapublishing.com/book-review-cubas-eternal-revolution-through-the-prism-of-insurgency-socialism-and-espionage-by-miguel-a-faria-jr-md-reviewed-by-russell-l-blaylock-md/.
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