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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

by Jon Lee Anderson

Grove/Atlantic | February 29, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
"Superb ... Mr. Anderson does a masterly job in evoking Che's complex character, in separating the man from the myth and in describing the critical role Che played in one of the darkest periods of the cold war". -- The New York Times Book Review

The Philadelphia Inquirer called Che Guevara "the best treatment of its subject to date", and the Denver Post wrote, "It is Anderson's careful research that will define Guevara for the future". 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 his assassination in the Bolivian jungle. Combining unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevara's widow, carefully guarded Cuban government documents, and extensive interviews with both Che's comrades and the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down, Che Guevara illuminates as never before this mythic figure who embodied the greatest moment of revolutionary communism as a force in history.

"Excellent ... admirably honest and staggeringly researched ... it is unlikely that after Anderson's exhaustive contribution, much more will be learned about Guevara". -- Los Angeles Times

"An enduring achievement. Other biographies are in the works, but it is hard to imagine that any will match the volume and detail of the research here.... Guevara's victories andfailures, equally spectacular, are part of our common history.... Che lives, not only in this book but in the world". -- The Boston Globe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 832 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.72 in

Published: February 29, 2012

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802135587

ISBN - 13: 9780802135582

Found in: American, American, Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to Be Enthralled! Prepare to be enthralled! To describe Che as a complex personality is much more than a clich?. You will be touched by his tenderness while being horrified at his cruelty. You will be enamoured by his sense of humour while being dismayed by his arrogance. You will be relieved that his dreams were not realized while you wonder what the world would be like if his brilliance had been directed to more peaceful means. You will be in awe of his intellect and entranced by his charisma but, most of all, you will be glad that Jon Lee Anderson did the work to bring all of this alive without mythologizing the subject. You will come away from reading this book with a deeper understanding of this historic figure and the milieu in which he lived, worked, fought and died. And, you will mourn his passing.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stupendous Story Just for pure reading enjoyment and getting into a gripping and moving adventure story, this is a fantastic book/read/story... AND this book is so well researched (yet without being boring) that the author Anderson is actually the person WHO FOUND the body of Ernesto and reported it to Fidel... how's THAT for research??
Date published: 2008-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comprehensive... I was thoroughly impressed with Jon Lee Anderson's epic on Ernesto Che Guevara. It was told in such a masterful and complete way that I couldn't put it down. After watching the Motorcycle Diaries, also a fantastic film production about the early part of Che's life, I wanted to read a book that would provide a comprehensive background. The book covers his childhood, his journeys on The Mighty One (a beat-up motorcycle) with Alberto Granado through South America, the formation of the New Man (his transformation into a true Marxist), and his misadventures in the Congo and Bolivia. Anderson's research of primary and secondary sources was diligent as he was the first author to speak to Guevara's widow, Aleida March, to obtain personal accounts of his revolutionary days. Jon Lee Anderson was responsible for helping uncover Che's undiscovered remains in Bolivia. This is a captivating work for someone looking to wrap themselves within the mystery and enigma of such a powerful political figure of the twentieth century. This is the one book you should own (or at least borrow) if you want to learn all there is to know about Cuba's adopted revolutionary hero.
Date published: 2005-05-27

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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

by Jon Lee Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 832 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.72 in

Published: February 29, 2012

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802135587

ISBN - 13: 9780802135582

From the Publisher

"Superb ... Mr. Anderson does a masterly job in evoking Che's complex character, in separating the man from the myth and in describing the critical role Che played in one of the darkest periods of the cold war". -- The New York Times Book Review

The Philadelphia Inquirer called Che Guevara "the best treatment of its subject to date", and the Denver Post wrote, "It is Anderson's careful research that will define Guevara for the future". 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 his assassination in the Bolivian jungle. Combining unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevara's widow, carefully guarded Cuban government documents, and extensive interviews with both Che's comrades and the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down, Che Guevara illuminates as never before this mythic figure who embodied the greatest moment of revolutionary communism as a force in history.

"Excellent ... admirably honest and staggeringly researched ... it is unlikely that after Anderson's exhaustive contribution, much more will be learned about Guevara". -- Los Angeles Times

"An enduring achievement. Other biographies are in the works, but it is hard to imagine that any will match the volume and detail of the research here.... Guevara's victories andfailures, equally spectacular, are part of our common history.... Che lives, not only in this book but in the world". -- The Boston Globe

From Our Editors

Once an icon that stood for all manner of revolution and social disobedience, Che Guevara still represents the revolutionary spirit. Che Guevara reflects on this mastermind of guerrilla warfare and the things that made him extraordinary. Jon L. Anderson opens the vault on the CIA's and the KGB's secret files to uncover the truth about this mythical communist. One truth that Anderson confirms is that Guevara died by execution rather than honourably in battle. A clear, crisp image of the fighter emerges in these pages: a mortal man with self-confidence and insecurities, strengths and fragility.