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Fidel Castro to Publish Book that Chronicles Cuban Revolution

This handout picture, released by Cubadebate on 26 Jul 2010, shows Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a ceremony to pay homage to national hero Jose Marti at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana
This handout picture, released by Cubadebate on 26 Jul 2010, shows Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a ceremony to pay homage to national hero Jose Marti at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro says he plans to publish a book next month that focuses on the Cuban revolution that brought him to power more than 50 years ago.

In comments on a government website (Cubadebate.cu) Tuesday, the former Cuban president said the book would be titled The Strategic Victory.

The 25-chapter book includes stories from his childhood and chronicles how his band of 300 young rebels fought the army of dictator Fulgencio Batista and eventually prevailed, declaring victory on January 1, 1959.  Castro went on to rule Cuba for 47 years until his illness in 2006, when he ceded power to his younger brother Raul.

Fidel Castro spent most of the last four years in seclusion, but in recent weeks he has re-emerged on the public stage.

On Monday, Cuba commemorated the 57th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 assault on the Moncada military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago by Castro's fighters.  The attack failed, but Cubans consider it the beginning of the revolution that culminated with Batista's ouster.

The celebration was held in Santa Clara outside a memorial housing the remains of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine who helped lead the armed uprising that put Castro in power in 1959.  Castro did not appear in Santa Clara, remaining instead in Havana to lay a wreath at a memorial to Cuban independence leader Jose Marti at the city's Revolution Square.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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