Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #357. As part of our Smithsonian Associates Art of Living author Interview series, we are joined today by author Tony Perrottet. Tony Perrottet will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates program, Monday, June 3, 2019, and the title of his presentation is Secrets of the Cuban Revolution.
Most people are familiar with the basics of the Cuban Revolution of 1956 to 1959: It was led by two of the 20th century’s most charismatic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation’s U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista; and it quickly went awry under Castro’s rule. But less is remembered about the amateur nature of the upstart movement or the lives of its players.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Smithsonian magazine writer Tony Perrottet draws on his new book ¡Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History to offer a look at some of the human drama that played out against the backdrop of political upheaval.
Tony Perrottet surveys how a scruffy handful of self-taught subversives, many of whom were just out of college, young lawyers, literature majors, and art students — including a number of extraordinary women — defeated 40,000 professional soldiers. Not only did they defeat a major army, but they also disarmed America, including one Ed Sullivan, who actually interviewed Fidel.
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