Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Paperback | April 20, 2010

byJon Lee Anderson

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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 life have long been cloaked in secrecyand 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.

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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 upbringin...

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, Ha...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.78 inPublished:April 20, 2010Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080214411X

ISBN - 13:9780802144119

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detailed I've read a few books about "CHE", but this one is by far my favourite. It goes into details about his life from beginning to end.
Date published: 2015-12-10
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