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Fertile Prison: Fidel Castro in Batista's Prisons (Fidel Castro in Batista's Jails)


This is the story of the period in which Fidel Castro and his young compañeros, including two women, were imprisoned after the July 26, 1953, attack on the Moncada military garrison in Santiago de Cuba and how the Batista dictatorship was eventually forced to release them.

From solitary confinement, Fidel Castro wrote: “I don’t think we are wasting our time in prison… For us this prison is an academy of struggle, and when the time comes, nothing will be able to stop us.”

The author Mario Mencía has included in this book many previously unpublished photographs and documents, including Fidel Castro’s letters from prison, as well as an extensive glossary and chronology that are invaluable for students of Cuban history.

1992, Ocean Press, 150 pages