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This is a history of the Cuban Revolution as viewed from its dungeons.

Armando Valladares describes his 22 years of torment and triumph in Castro's prison. Arrested at the age of 22 for being philosophically opposed to communism, he gives a dramatic and harrowing account of the regular beatings, the hunger, the humiliation, and the psychological "experimentation" to which the Cuban Revolution subjected its unrepentant enemies. However, Valladares's hope and courage transcended these horrors, showing us the heroic possibilities of one possessing unshaken faith.

More than an indictment of a cruel regime, this book is a testimony to the power of biblical faith to allow a man to survive against all hope.

©1986 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (P)1989 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Mr. Valladares offers a record of dearly bought knowledge that no one can afford to overlook." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Valladares's book is an event of considerable cultural and political significance: the most detailed and irrefutable description yet published of the suffering engendered in Cuba by communism and Fidel Castro." ( Time)
"[A]n extraordinary account....What sets it apart from other prison memoirs is not the suffering...but its record of all-out resistance. It could almost be entitled 'The War Memoirs of Armando Valladares.'" ( Los Angeles Times)

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this book is life changing, inspiring

this book is so eye opening to the horrors that Castro has created. however, it also allows us to see how a soul & spirit can never be destroyed by those who don't value humanity. thank you Armando valladares for giving me a glimpse of what my fellow patriots & father endured in that hell. thank you for allowing me & so many others to see that the torch of liberty should never be extinguished & passed on to all generations.

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The Face of Communism

This should be required reading at high school level, and for every brainwashed snowflake in academia.

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Armando shows the world true faith and courage.

I was absolutely pulled into this book. I fell in love with Armando's true faith.