Che Guevara

Che Guevara

A Revolutionary Life

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Acclaimed around the world and a national best-seller, this is the definitive work on Che Guevara, the dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson's biography traces Che's extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

Anderson has had unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevara's widow and carefully guarded Cuban government documents. He has conducted extensive interviews with Che's comrades--some of whom speak here for the first time--and with the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down. Anderson broke the story of where Guevara's body was buried, which led to the exhumation and state burial of the bones. Many of the details of Che's lifehave long been cloaked in secrecy and intrigue. Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, Che Guevara illuminates as never before this mythic figure who embodied the high-water mark of revolutionary communism as a force in history.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2010.
Edition: First revised edition
ISBN: 9780802144119
Branch Call Number: 980.033092 Gueva -A 2010
Characteristics: xv, 819 pages : illustrations, maps.


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Mar 14, 2018

Perhaps one of the most intricately detailed biographies ever written in history. One can look at the "Sources" and "Acknowledgements" section and admire it for hours. Not only did Anderson carry interviews with many individuals involved in Guevara's life, he also gained access to many documents and was the first to interview the widow of Che. Anderson used the information to the best extent to compare and contrast accounts/records and edge ever closer to the unbiased truth of this worshipped and despised hero of a revolution. (And if that wasn't enough, he also helped in the process of discovering Che's body after decades of secrecy...) Very accurate, intriguing, and entertaining; trying to binge-read all the information at once was a slow process but definitely worth it, I recommend this to anybody who's studying recent history or is simply curious.

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Mar 12, 2018

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