The Cuban government has given the green light to the publication of Che Guevara's personal diaries of the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959. Entitled Diary of a Combatant, the diaries share Che's experiences first hand—from landing on the Cuban coast in 1956 aboard the now infamous yacht, Granma, through the three years of armed conflict and fighting in the Sierra Madre mountains of central Cuba that followed.
Guevara was born in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, and met Castro in Mexico City right before the band of revolutionaries set sail for Cuba. During the war that followed, Che was promoted many times and held the positions of of Minister of Industries and president of the central bank under Castro.
Although the book is being distributed by the Australian firm Ocean Press/Ocean Sur, it was edited by the Che Guevara Studies Center, which is directed by Guevara's widow Aleida March. Diary of a Combatant is expected to cause quote a stir. Guevara's previously released dairies chronicling his ill-fated Bolivian campaign sparked a publishing phenomenon when they were first published in the late 1960's.