Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

by Jon Lee Anderson

Grove/Atlantic | April 20, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Acclaimed around the world and a national best seller with over 250,000 copies sold, this is the definitive work on Che Guevara. This revised and updated edition of Jon Lee Anderson's biography, which will include new material, traces Che's extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentina 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. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.78 in

Published: April 20, 2010

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080214411X

ISBN - 13: 9780802144119

Found in: 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: 672 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.78 in

Published: April 20, 2010

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080214411X

ISBN - 13: 9780802144119

About the Book

"Jon Lee Anderson's definitive and acclaimed biography of Che Guevara manages to transcend the myth of Che and portray in unrivaled detail a complicated human being. In his quest to discover who the real Che was, Anderson moved to Havana and gained unprecendented access to the personal archives maintained by Che's widow. He spent months with Che's old friends in Argentina, where Che was born into an aristocratic family and went to medical school. He interviewed Che's comrades from battles fought in Cuba, the Congo, and Bolivia, and he talked to figures on both sides of the Cold War, in Moscow and in the CIA"--Cover, p. 4.

From the Publisher

Acclaimed around the world and a national best seller with over 250,000 copies sold, this is the definitive work on Che Guevara. This revised and updated edition of Jon Lee Anderson's biography, which will include new material, traces Che's extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentina 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. 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.

About the Author

Jon Lee Anderson (born January 15, 1957) is a biographer, author, international investigative reporter, and staff writer for The New Yorker, reporting from war zone locales such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Israel, El Salvador, Ireland, Lebanon, Iran, and throughout the Middle East. Anderson has also written for The New York Times, Harper's, Life, and The Nation. Anderson is renowned for his numerous profiles of political leaders, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Augusto Pinochet. Anderson is also the author of the best-selling and definitive 800 + page biography of the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Entitled Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, it was first published in 1997. While researching the book in Bolivia, he discovered the hidden location of Guevara's burial from where his skeletal remains were exhumed in 1997 and returned to Cuba.