Evita, First Lady: A Biography of Evita Peron

Evita, First Lady: A Biography of Evita Peron

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by John Barnes
     
 

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Eva Peron was a star and a legend during her lifetime, one of the most alluring women of the twentieth century. Through the hit Broadway musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, her story became famous, and with the release of the film starring Madonna as Eva Peron, her life became a media obsession once again. Whore and feminist, tyrant and saint, Evita was the

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Eva Peron was a star and a legend during her lifetime, one of the most alluring women of the twentieth century. Through the hit Broadway musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, her story became famous, and with the release of the film starring Madonna as Eva Peron, her life became a media obsession once again. Whore and feminist, tyrant and saint, Evita was the beautiful and legendary woman who rose up from poverty to become the hypnotically powerful first lady of Argentina. To millions of poor people she was a savior; to her enemies she was a monstrous dictator. In this riveting biography, John Barnes explores the astonishing paradox of this champion of the poor who attacked the rich and, in the process, made herself the wealthiest woman in the world.

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Library Journal - Booksmack!
I knew doodly squat about Maria Eva Duarte other than she sang "Don't Cry for Me" in Vegas with Elvis when he was fat. Born into poverty and illegitimacy in backwater Los Toldos in 1919, Duarte moved at 15 to Buenos Aires and became an actress. Eventually, she allied herself with Juan Perón, who was one of about 1000 colonels to overthrow the government and get himself elected El Presidente. Eva turned out to be the woman behind the man, going "a great deal further than brewing the maté and pouring the whiskey." As First Lady, she proved glamorous, passionate, generous, and popular-a mashup of Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Ethyl Merman, but I'm not telling you in what order). Though flawed by use of the omniscient voice, this book readably walks the line between characterizing Evita as a power-hungry witch and a savvy politician. Either way, during an era in which women were treated like second-class citizens, Evita became a powerful force for the rights of the laboring classes and the poorer, "shirtless ones" (descamisados) before she died at age 33 of cervical cancer. Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", Booksmack!, 12/2/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802134790
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
872,197
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.62(d)

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Evita, First Lady 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Tvalerie More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose this book for my research project. I enjoyed reading about Eva Peron’s background and I liked how it was very detailed. John Barnes really gave me a good description on how Eva was growing up as a child and how she was as a leader. He did not leave out any information. I felt like I knew everything about Eva. Though it was very detailed, I disliked the fact that it talked a lot of politics, which made me feel bored, and it made me lose my track of thought. I didn't like reading chapters about the history of Argentina. I liked how it talked about Eva’s organizations and how she manage to help the poor and gain women’s rights to vote. Eva fought hard and was a great leader. She never gave up and I really enjoyed reading about her. This book gives great detail and I feel like I know everything about Eva Peron.
aalvarezAA More than 1 year ago
Evita, First Lady: A Biography of Evita Peron by John Barnes was a very captivating book. I enjoyed each chapter in this biography.  I learned about her experiences as a poverty strucken child to a successful political leader. The book explains her early life and the events leading up to her glory. While reading this book, I learned about her in a personal and political state. She has many passions and shows sympathy for the poor. Evita Peron is still a vital figure in Argentina and continues to inspire people today. The story of  Eva Peron catches the readers' eye and engages them to want to read more. John Barnes did an excellent job providing information on Eva Peron. It amazes me how prosperous and privileged she was in Argentina. She moved to Buenos Aires as an aspiring actress. When her husband, Juan Peron, became president she used her power as the First Lady to care for everyone around her. This book explains her caring personality and gives examples of all the wonderful things she did for the world. The most touching part of this story is when Eva and her husband announce her illness and her husband announces that October 17 will be dedicated to Eva Peron. A Biography of Evita Peron explains her life and prosperity. She is truly an inspiration and John Barnes explains and shows this throughout the story. I would highly recommend this book, for an educational purpose and to read on your free time.
RichP63 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Have alwys enjoyed bios of leading figures after WWII. Written simply and to the point.
dddaaron More than 1 year ago
Overall it's an okay biography. It was a little sluggish at time and hard to stay with but I was interested in the life of Evita and it was a good starting point.
vacahut More than 1 year ago
I read this book since I was heading to Buenos Aires and wanted a basic knowledge of the country, this time period and Eva Peron. This book served me well. I do not know much Argentinian history, a this book hovered between too many names that I did not know and just enough to get the gist. If you are native South American and or have a more indepth knowledge of Peron and her time, I would think that this book would be too shallow. But it was a perfect introduction and has helped greatly during my visit to Buenois Aires. I am enjoying the sites and musuems much more because of the knowledge that I got from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. The book took me on a spurt of Eva's entire life. I felt that everything that was mentioned was important and added something significant that happened later in her life. On the other hand, I did not like that it mentioned a lot of information about her husband. I felt that the book should have given me more information on Eva.For the most part I cherished Eva’s story. I found it intriguing how she grew up poor in Los Toldos, Argentina and took a toll on what she did in the future.Her struggles in life showed me that you can work hard and something positive is going to transpire. The most interesting part for me was seeing how she grew from a struggling actress to the First Lady of Argentina.I thought she would be unsuccessful and end her career but to my awe she did not.I have to admit I was disenchanted when John did not write when Eva Peron was born and who were her siblings. I liked how he included how her parents, Juana Ibarguren and Juan Duarte met each other. I recommend reading the biography to anyone that wants to learn about Eva Peron's life and what she did for the Argentinian people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago