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Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and a principal architect of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, is a former partner of the literary agency... Read more

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All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

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Lesley Blanch’s “The Sabres of Paradise” tells the illuminating story of Shamyl, the Imam of Daghestan, whose 25-year fight against the Russian empire left a half-million dead, and lessons still to be learned in wars from Chechnya to Afghanistan.Lesley Blanch’s “The Sabres of Paradise” tells the illuminating story of Shamyl, whose fight against the Russian empire left a half-million dead, and lessons still to be learned in wars from Chechnya to Afghanistan.

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Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and a principal architect of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, is a former partner of the literary agency Kneerim and Williams, a former publisher and editorial director of Times Books at Random House, and former publisher and editorial director of Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a consulting editor of Yale University Press and publisher and executive director of Berkeley-based Heyday Books.
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