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Havelin introduces a dedicated and idealistic man who put his political and social beliefs above everything, including his family and his health. She briefly recounts Che's childhood, then, with increasing detail, his early adulthood and revolutionary years. His famous motorcycle journey and his meeting with Fidel Castro in Mexico are discussed, as are his success as a revolutionary and failure as a bureaucrat. Some attention is also given to his lesser-known travels in Africa and South America near the end of his life. Black-and-white archival photographs and gray-scale maps add to the text, as do insets explaining everything from leprosy to the Cold War to the underlying social conditions in Cuba in the 1950s. This slim volume is a fine starting point for teens interested in a man Time magazine named one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.
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