Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Book Presentation: Frank Pais: Architect of Cuba's Betrayed Revolution by Jose Alvarez, Ph.D
Zu Galeria Fine Arts cordially invites you to the book presentation
Frank Pais: Architect of Cuba's Betrayed Revolution
Award winning author and professor Emeritus from the University of Florida, Jose Alvarez, Ph.D
Presentation will be both in English and Spanish
August 20, 2009 Promptly at 8pm
Introduction by Dr. Uva de Aragon
About the book:
Even though Fidel Castro founded the "26 of July" movement, this book shows that the organizing throughout Cuba fell on the shoulders of an underground leader named Frank Pais, who was also responsible for the survival of the incipient guerrilla force led by Castro in the Sierra Maestra. Pais became not only the National Chief of Action-as portrayed in the official publications-but the top leader of the M-26-7's National Directorate. The antagonism between Castro and Pais may have been the reason for his mysterious death when he was only 22 years of age. This is the true story of his life and legacy. At this crucial time, when historians are trying to arrive at the revolution's final balance, a book like this is essential to read before reaching an impartial verdict.
About the Author:
Born in Oriente, Cuba (1940). He was an active member of the 26 of July Movement from its foundation in 1955 until its dissolution in 1961, when he broke ties with the Castro Government. He arrived in the U.S. as an exile in 1969, and obtained a Ph.D. in food and resource economics at the University of Florida (UF), remaining as a professor until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Alvarez is Professor Emeritus of UF. During his academic career, J. Alvarez authored and co-authored more than 300 publications, including 5 books. He received numerous awards. The reason behind his decision to retire was his desire to continue his research on Cuba's insurrection period during the 1950s. His personal involvement, and later disillusionment, with the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to absolute power in 1959, led him to dig into the cause-effect of the most deceitful and concealed period of Cuban history.