Title

Introduction: Transitioning from Revolutionary Movements to Political Parties and Making the Revolution ‘Stick’

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

Toward the end of 1958, the movie star Errol Flynn, known for his portrayal of swashbuckling heroes, took on the real-life role of newspaper reporter to cover the final days of Fidel Castro’s trium-phant overthrow of the Batista dictatorship in Cuba. His initial stories were overwhelmingly positive (he even made a sympathetic movie about the Fidelistas, Cuban Rebel Girls, a box-office flop), but as ever more Batistianos made their way to el paredón—the wall where prisoners were shot—he began to alter his opinion of the Cuban revolution. “[It] is one thing to start a revolution, another to win it, and still another to make it stick…”

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