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Che Guevara: A Biography

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Che Guevara is one of the most controversial and iconic figures in recent memory and is still a hero to many. Che Guevara: A Biography provides a balanced and engaging introduction to the famous revolutionary leader. Based on original research, the biography reveals how Che's early life prepared him for leadership in the Cuban Revolution. It also explores his revolutionary activities in Africa and Bolivia, as well as the circumstances surrounding his tragic death on October 9, ...

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Overview

Che Guevara is one of the most controversial and iconic figures in recent memory and is still a hero to many. Che Guevara: A Biography provides a balanced and engaging introduction to the famous revolutionary leader. Based on original research, the biography reveals how Che's early life prepared him for leadership in the Cuban Revolution. It also explores his revolutionary activities in Africa and Bolivia, as well as the circumstances surrounding his tragic death on October 9, 1967.

More than just a record of events, the book cogently examines Che's contributions to the theory and tactics of guerrilla warfare, his ideas about imperialism and socialism, and his enduring political legacy. It includes original information on the 1997 discovery of the hidden remains of his body and on the celebration of his life and ideals by the socialist regime in Cuba. And it looks at the reasons why leftist political leaders, movements, and governments in Latin America and the Caribbean still pay homage to this charismatic man.

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"A straightforward, comprehensive and uncomplicated biography of a man whose real biography is contradictory and far from uncomplicated."

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Bulletin of Latin American Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359163
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 237
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Introduction: The History of a Legendary Revolutionary xi

Timeline: Events in the Life of Che Guevara xxiii

Chapter 1 Guevara's Early Life in Argentina 1

Chapter 2 The Motorcycle Diaries: Guevara's South American Odyssey 19

Chapter 3 A Call to Arms in Guatemala and Mexico 37

Chapter 4 El Che: The Heroic Guerrilla Warrior 69

Chapter 5 Che's Role in Cuba's Revolutionary Government 91

Chapter 6 Che's Contribution to Revolutionary Guerrilla Warfare 105

Chapter 7 Che's Ideas about Imperialism and Socialism 119

Chapter 8 The Secret Mission in Africa 131

Chapter 9 Che's Final Mission in Bolivia 145

Chapter 10 The Tragic Death of a Revolutionary 161

Chapter 11 Che's Diary and Hidden Remains 179

Chapter 12 Che's Enduring Legacy 193

Chapter 13 Che Vive!-Che's Continuing Influence in Latin America 205

Bibliography 217

Further Reading: Print and Electronic Sources 223

Index 229

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