In the tumultuous first decade of the Cuban
Revolution, Fidel Castro and other leaders saturated the media with altruistic
images of themselves in a campaign to win the hearts of Cuba's six million
citizens. In Visions of Power in Cuba (Univ of NC, $60.50), Lillian Guerra argues that these visual
representations explained rapidly occurring events and encouraged radical
change and mutual self-sacrifice.
Mass rallies and labor mobilizations of unprecedented scale produced
tangible evidence of what Fidel Castro called "unanimous support" for
a revolution whose "moral power" defied U.S. control. Using
previously unexplored sources, Guerra focuses on the lived experiences of
citizens, including peasants, intellectuals, former prostitutes, black
activists, and filmmakers, as they struggled to author their own scripts of
revolution by resisting repression, defying state-imposed boundaries, and
working for anti-imperial redemption in a truly free Cuba.