Che (Movie Tie-In Edition): The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara

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The book of the new, two-part epic movie on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as the legendary revolutionary.

Director Steven Soderbergh has based his two-part movie "Che" (Part 1: The Argentine and Part 2: Guerrilla) on two classic diaries written by Che Guevara: Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (an account of the guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959) and Bolivian Diary (Che’s famous, unfinished ...

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Overview

The book of the new, two-part epic movie on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as the legendary revolutionary.

Director Steven Soderbergh has based his two-part movie "Che" (Part 1: The Argentine and Part 2: Guerrilla) on two classic diaries written by Che Guevara: Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (an account of the guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959) and Bolivian Diary (Che’s famous, unfinished diary discovered in his backpack when he was captured and killed in Bolivia in October 1967).

Che includes a selection from each book, showing the young Argentine’s evolution from the wide-eyed medical student of the Motorcycle Diaries-era to the revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.

Features:

  • Key excerpts from Che’s Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, his final Bolivian Diary, and his fiery address to the UN General Assembly, New York in December 1964.
  • Che’s first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico, when he immediately commits himself to join the guerrilla expedition to Cuba.
  • The dramatic moment when Che has to decide his future either as a doctor or a guerrilla fighter, symbolized by the choice of two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition.
  • Che’s poetic letter to his parents before he sets out on the fateful Bolivia mission.
  • Maps, chronology, and a useful glossary.
  • 24 pages of original photos from the period
  • Movie tie-in cover.
  • Blurbs by Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh.

Also published in Spanish this season is Che: Los Diarios de Ernesto Che Guevara, 978-1-921235-48-1.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781920888930
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Che Guevara Publishing Project
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-In Edition
  • Pages: 171
  • Sales rank: 1,438,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


One of Time magazine's "icons of the century, " Ernesto Che Guevara was born in Argentina and studied medicine. After meeting Fidel Castro in Mexico, he joined the revolutionary forces that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in Cuba. He later led guerrilla missions to Africa and Bolivia, where he was killed by CIA-backed forces.
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Table of Contents

Ernesto Che Guevara (Biographical note) vii

Chronology 1

Maps 12

Prologue Ernesto Che Guevara 15

Part 1 The Argentine

Guatemala

Letters to my mother 23

Mexico

Letter to my parents 27

Letter to my mother 28

Cuba

A Revolution Begins 33

Alegria de Pio 40

A Famous Interview 45

On the March 51

Caring for the Wounded 54

On Becoming a Commander 57

The Murdered Puppy 59

One Year of Armed Struggle 63

The Final Offensive and the Battle of Santa Clara 80

What a Guerrilla Fighter Should Be 95

New York

At the United Nations, December 11, 1964 99

Part 2 Guerrilla

Bolivia

Selections from Che's Bolivian Diary, including

First entry: November 7, 1966 123

Last entry: October 7, 1967 160

Farewells

Letter to Field, 1965 163

Letter to my parents, 1965 165

Letter to my children, 1965 166

Letter to my children from somwhere in Bolivia, 1966 167

Further Reading

Books by Ernesto Che Guevara: Che Guevara in his own words 171

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