Cuba Publishes Che's Battle Diaries New book gives revolutionary's account of fighting with Castro's men By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jun 15, 2011 3:00 AM CDT 3 comments Comments A woman holds a copy of 'Diary of a Combatant' in Havana. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) (Newser) – Che Guevera has a new book out, 44 years after his death. Dairy of a Combatant, released in Cuba yesterday on what would have been the Marxist revolutionary's 83rd birthday, recounts Guevara's experiences in the armed struggle he waged alongside Fidel Castro, reports CNN. The book covers the time from when he landed in Cuba in 1956 to shortly before the rebels declared victory in 1959. Researchers say publication of the diary was delayed for so long because some of Guevara's hand-written notebooks from the period have gone missing, and much of the material was covered in a more polished account Guevera published in 1963. The goal of the new release, his widow says, is "to show his work, his thoughts, his life, so that the Cuban people and the entire world get to know him and don't distort things anymore."