chapter  ten
Che Guevara's disappearance
WithLee Lockwood
Pages 6

The quiet disappearance of Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara from the Cuban scene has provided a most intriguing mystery. Guevara, an Argentine by birth and a leftist by temperament, joined Castro's cause in Mexico. He sailed with him to Cuba aboard the yacht Gromma, and was one of only thirteen of the original eighty-two revolutionaries who survived the landing in the Sierra Maestra in December, 1956. After the triumph of the Revolution, Guevara rapidly became, in importance and popularity, the number-two man of Cuba, serving under Castro in a number of different capacities, including that of President of the National Bank, Minister of Industries, and Cuba's major foreign policy spokesman and roving world ambassador.