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Havana: Editora del Consejo Nacional de Cultura, . First Edition Original pictorial wraps bound in black morocco-backed gilt-lettered dark blue morocco leather; 97 pages. Lengthily INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page by Fidel Castro to Lieutenant Pedro García Peláez sending him this book in acknowledgment of his birthday and the wars that they have fought in together. The lieutenant would later become General Pedro García Pelaez, a top military aide to Castro, the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola, and the Chief of Combat Readiness. In 1959 he was head of the personal escort of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro. Though not dated, this was likely inscribed close to publication. Books signed by Castro are scarce, and this is a specially interesting example. Close to Fine (Item ID: 018400)

Born in the Dominican Republic, Maximo Gomez was Cuba's military commander in that country's War of Independence (1895-1898) and a hero of the struggle which ended Spanish domination over Cuba. He refused the presidential nomination offered to him in 1901, and which he was expected to win unopposed, mainly because he always disliked politics, and after 40 years of living in Cuba he still felt that, being Dominican-born, he should not be the civil leader of Cuba.


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