Che Guevara: A Biography

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The controversial life and career of Ernesto Ché Guevara (1928-1967) has earned the revolutionary leader admirers and detractors across the world. In his critical biography, Daniel James penetrates the myths that have grown up around Guevara since his death. The biography carefully analyzes the Cold War situations in which Guevara lived and fought, and which turned the young medical student into a guerilla and political theoretician. Ché Guevara: A Biography includes interviews with Guevara's first wife, and ...
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Overview

The controversial life and career of Ernesto Ché Guevara (1928-1967) has earned the revolutionary leader admirers and detractors across the world. In his critical biography, Daniel James penetrates the myths that have grown up around Guevara since his death. The biography carefully analyzes the Cold War situations in which Guevara lived and fought, and which turned the young medical student into a guerilla and political theoretician. Ché Guevara: A Biography includes interviews with Guevara's first wife, and extensive information on the revolutionary's early years and family life lacking in other biographies. James also discusses Guevara's actions in Cuba as a leader in the rebel army of Fidel Castro, covering in detail Guevara's military victories, his post-war executions of anti-Castro prisoners, and his criticism of Soviet Communism. This unique and unsparing portrait of Guevara includes and an in-depth examination of his last guerilla campaign in Bolivia.
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Editorial Reviews

Saturday Review
Full of revealing details
— Selden Rodman
Saturday Review - Selden Rodman
Full of revealing details
Henry Butterfield Ryan
What makes James's book interesting is that it gives readers not only a glimpse of a political attitude from the 1960s that is often overlooked, but also a view of Guevara that they will not get elsewhere. James's biography was, and remains, remarkable because of its point of view. He was frankly out to debunk Guevara's Myth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411444
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel James is the editor of The Complete Bolivian Diaries of Ché Guevara, also available from Cooper Square Press. Henry Butterfield Ryan is a retired foreign service officer, an associate of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and the author of The Fall of Ché Guevara. He lives in Washington, D. C.
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