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Régis Debray is one of France’s leading intellectuals, whose life has intersected with key moments of the twentieth century. In this explosive memoir, Debray recounts his journey from Louis Althusser and the Parisian lecture theatres, to Cuba and the revolution of the 1960s. From Debray’s torture and imprisonment in Bolivia while in search of Che Guevara, to the corridors o Régis Debray is one of France’s leading intellectuals, whose life has intersected with key moments of the twentieth century. In this explosive memoir, Debray recounts his journey from Louis Althusser and the Parisian lecture theatres, to Cuba and the revolution of the 1960s. From Debray’s torture and imprisonment in Bolivia while in search of Che Guevara, to the corridors of power in the Elysée Palace—where he served as advisor to President Mitterrand—Praised Be Our Lords is an account of an extraordinary life and an exploration of the mechanisms of political passion.


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Régis Debray is one of France’s leading intellectuals, whose life has intersected with key moments of the twentieth century. In this explosive memoir, Debray recounts his journey from Louis Althusser and the Parisian lecture theatres, to Cuba and the revolution of the 1960s. From Debray’s torture and imprisonment in Bolivia while in search of Che Guevara, to the corridors o Régis Debray is one of France’s leading intellectuals, whose life has intersected with key moments of the twentieth century. In this explosive memoir, Debray recounts his journey from Louis Althusser and the Parisian lecture theatres, to Cuba and the revolution of the 1960s. From Debray’s torture and imprisonment in Bolivia while in search of Che Guevara, to the corridors of power in the Elysée Palace—where he served as advisor to President Mitterrand—Praised Be Our Lords is an account of an extraordinary life and an exploration of the mechanisms of political passion.

31 review for Praised Be Our Lords: A Political Education

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    authorial

    I found his criticisms of "tropical socialism" and Che and Fidel to be ahistorical and well, sort of irrelevant. And his narration style was sometimes lame. What was interesting for me was historicizing his ideas and getting a sense of the pre-neoliberal Western intellectual landscape.

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    Regis Debray was a 1960s French radical who after having written an article on the possibilities of Latin American revolution was invited by Fidel Castro to Cuba, where he learned how to fight guerilla warfare. This autobiography is written, sadly, after his disillusionment with communism, of which he was a remarkable adherent (see his other book Revolution in the Revolution), but this read is interesting not only for the rich language and reflective capacities at work in it, but also the detail Regis Debray was a 1960s French radical who after having written an article on the possibilities of Latin American revolution was invited by Fidel Castro to Cuba, where he learned how to fight guerilla warfare. This autobiography is written, sadly, after his disillusionment with communism, of which he was a remarkable adherent (see his other book Revolution in the Revolution), but this read is interesting not only for the rich language and reflective capacities at work in it, but also the details of early Castro Cuba and his other guerilla excursions. I only got half way through before I had to drop it altogether given schedule demands so take my review with a grain of salt.

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