Enrique Encinosa. Unvanquished
Cuba"s Resistance to Fidel Castro: Los Angeles, CA,
Pureplay Press, 2004, Hardcover, ISBN: 0-9714366-6-5, pp. 229,
Enrique Encinosa's most awaited,comprehensive history (in English) of
Cuban people's struggle against the 45-year-old communist
Fidel Castro has finally arrived. The book chronicles in riveting detail,
chapter after chapter, the heroism displayed by the Cuban people in
fight against repression and tyranny.
Encinosa uses the voice of the actual participants (who he has carefully
interviewed over the years) to tell the story - and what an epic (and
brutal) story he has to tell to his widening readership!
The book covers the triumph of the Revolution in 1959; the subsequent
disillusionment of many revolutionary leaders as they realize that Castro
was building a communist police state; the founding of the resistance
movement and the underground networks; the rounding up of the
opposition; the development of the rebel insurgency in the Escambray
mountains and elsewhere, opposing communism and collectivism; the
betrayal at the Bay of Pigs; the courageous struggle of the political
prisoners (particularly the plantados); the heating up of the Escambray
wars and Castro's massive retaliation in the Luchas Contra Bandidos
(the so-called war against bandits); the Mariel Boatlift; the Guantanamo
refugee crisis; the Elian Gonzalez tragedy; the development of the civil
including the growing number of dissidents; the newly formed
journalists and the independent librarians; the downing of the Brothers
the Rescue humanitarian planes in February 1996 and the uncovering
Red Wasp espionage ring; the Varela Project; the intensification of
repression, culminating with Castro s most recent crackdown against
dissident movement; the incarceration of 75 political opponents,
and librarians (all sentenced to long prison terms ranging from 20 to 26
years); and the execution of three Afro-Cubans who attempted to
ferry to escape Castro s workers paradise.
"Unvanquished" is a well-written book that deserves to be turned into a
historic documentary, recounting the historic resistance of the Cuban
against the long tyrannical government of Fidel Castro; or perhaps a
cliffhanger, motion picture telling the dramatic story of the Escambray
campesino, anti-communist insurgency of the 1960s, noting the lives of
such heroic figures as Osvaldo Ramirez, Tomasito San Gil, Julio Emilio
But don't hold your breath waiting for Hollywood. It won't happen
soon, and certainly not while the tyrant is still alive. Besides, the truth
is that Castro, the Caribbean tyrant, is still worshipped in many
of the American intelligentsia, particularly the Hollywood crowd, like
Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg.
And don1t hold your breath waiting for Enrique Encinosa to be invited
on the lecture circuit to speak in the ivory towers of American
(like unrepentant Cuban communist Comandante Victor Dreke) on the
topic of Cuban resistance to communist tyranny. It won't happen. Fidel
Castro will not be embarrassed either in the last bastion of Marxism in
States - the American universities.
Enrique Encinosa's "Unvanquished - Cuba's Resistance to Fidel
Castro" is a
must-read book that belongs in the library of all freedom-loving citizens
and Americans who may want to know more about Cuba, the beautiful
island to the south and the on-going, 45-year tragedy of the Cuban
people. The recent history of Cuba and the socialist police state it
became has important lessons for America.
And, first and second generation Cuban Americans, particularly, should
make sure their children and grandchildren get a copy of this book and
about Cuban history and the land of their forefathers. How can they
understand the present and their parent's generation if they do not
understand what the past has wrought?
Encinosa's magnum opus very aptly ends with a quotation by one of the
leaders of the dissident movement, Vladimiro Roca (ironically the son of
Blas Roca, one of the founders of Cuba's communist party): "The
situation is in its final stage. We are at the end of the chess game and we
don't know which move will decide the change, but I am sure that the
end is very near." Indeed, injustice never lasts forever.
MIGUEL A. FARIA., Jr.. MD
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. Author, Cuba in Revolution Escape From a
Paradise (2002; www.haciendapub.com). Editor emeritus, Journal of
American Physicians and Surgeons.
Unvanquished is available from the publisher's web site
Fax: (310) 473-9384.
Linden Lane Magazine (c) Todos los Derechos Reservados, 2004