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Diary of the Cuban Revolution, by Carlos Franqui. New York: Viking Press.

Carlos Franqui, who was for some years the official chronicler of the Cuban revolution, has compiled in diary form over 500 pages of letters, notes, reports , and communiques written by almost everybody from Castro downward, while he and his tatterdemalions were plotting and thrusting their haphazard and bloody path across Cuba from a swamp in Oriente to the Presidential Palace. It has sparkling and sometimes thrilling authenticity, especially in contributions by Che Guevara, Frank Pais, and others, while the heat, dangers, and griefs of battle were agitating the writers.