Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him [NOOK Book]

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The perfect conservative contrast to the upcoming movie about Che.

Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the mainstream media celebrate Ernesto ?Che? Guevara as a saint, a sex symbol, and a selfless martyr. But their ideas about Che ? whose face adorns countless T-shirts and posters ? are based on the lies of Fidel Castro's murderous dictatorship.

Che's hipster fans are classic ...
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Overview

The perfect conservative contrast to the upcoming movie about Che.

Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the mainstream media celebrate Ernesto ?Che? Guevara as a saint, a sex symbol, and a selfless martyr. But their ideas about Che ? whose face adorns countless T-shirts and posters ? are based on the lies of Fidel Castro's murderous dictatorship.

Che's hipster fans are classic ?useful idiots,? the name Stalin gave to foolish Westerners who parroted his lies about communism. And their numbers will only increase after a new biopic is released this fall, starring Benicio Del Toro.

But as Humberto Fontova reveals in this myth-shattering book, Che was actually a bloodthirsty executioner, a military bumbler, a coward, and a hypocrite. In fact, Che can be called the godfather of modern terrorism.

Fontova reveals:

? How he longed to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles.
? How he persecuted gays, blacks, and religious people.
? How he loved material wealth and private luxuries, despite his image as an ascetic.

Are Che fans like Angelina Jolie, Jesse Jackson, Carlos Santana, and Johnny Depp too ignorant to realize they've been duped? Or too anti-American to care?


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440622083
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 663,957
  • File size: 348 KB

Meet the Author

Humberto Fontova, who left Cuba in 1961 at age seven, has written for several conservative magazines and is the author of Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant. He has appeared on many radio and television shows and is active in the Cuban American community.
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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xix
New York Fetes the Godfather of Terrorism     1
Jailer of Rockers, Hipsters, and Gays     10
Bon Vivant, Mama's Boy, Poser, and Snob     23
From Military Doofus to "Heroic Guerrilla"     34
Fidel's Favorite Executioner     66
Murderer of Women and Children     81
The "Intellectual and Art Lover" as Book Burner and Thief     111
Academia's Rude Surprise     122
Brownnoser and Bully     132
Guerrilla Terminator     137
"The Brains Of the Revolution" as Economic Czar     143
Che in Africa     167
Che's Final Debacle     177
Notes     201
Index     215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    A Sad Side of The Story

    South American countries have been fraught with powerful, rich elitist regimes since the Spanish Conquistadors. The poor are shamelessly exploited and the US has turned a blind eye on the atrocities. Moreover the US has consistently supported the powerful and the rich. Che Guevara wanted something better. Given the political climate, asking politely would not have been appropriate. Che Guevara is rightly held as hero and a champion of his people. To portray him otherwise is to ignore millions of indigent Americans and the sheer volume of tyranny he fought against. I felt vaguely dirty just reading this book.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    Well researched, poorly written

    As a Che admirier, I was reluctant to read this book, but I am glad I did. It's interesting to read about the dark sides of icons percieved to be heroes. Similar books could 'and should' be written about Ghengis Khan, Peter the Great, Alexander the Great, and hosts of other historical figures bearing the title 'The Great'. However, I intend to review this book on how it was written, not its subject matter. Personally, I think this book was well researched, but poorly written. It reads like an essay penned by an angry teenager. The language is most unsophisticated. I assure you this opinion in uninfluenced by my interest in Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. I'd say the same if it made him out to be a saint.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    Required reading

    This eminently readable book explodes the prevalent myths that Che was a great thinker, a great man of the people, a great leader, and an all-around great guy. All of the facts presented are well documented and from reliable sources, and the truth shines from every page. Unfortunately, this very readability will probably keep it from the shelves of many college libraries, where it could conceivably have done some good-- liberal academics will undoubtedly object simply on the grounds that it lacks what they would consider proper gravitas. Still, if your children come home wearing Che t-shirts or other accoutrement, don¿t let them out of the house until they¿ve read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Great

    Stole the family farm and executed distant relatives. I have to restrain myself whenever I see an ignorant soul wearing his likeness. He would have done the same to you, yours and your hard earned possesions if had the chance. Domt be a useful idiot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    che. a sick little coward of a man

    thank you to the exiled cuban community for carrying the torch of truth. this book is a tribute to those brave souls who were murdered by che and castros cuba.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    Finaly the truth

    This book finaly exposes the truth about che guevera. He was nothing more than a marxist murderer. Who deserves to be tossed upon the ash heap of history with Mao, Pol pot, Stalin and all of the other marxists. He definitely does not deserve to be idolized as a role model. Someone said he is a role model for the poor. What a joke! It is marxist idiology that keeps people poor in the first place! Commies are not cool.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    cuban exiles hate cuba itself.

    The author is a cuban exile, who hates everything related to cuba, so of course he hates the great and only, comandante Che Guevara, now, he says his book is based on interviews with CIA agents, of course they are going to talk crap about the man they were afraid of, and were persecuting for years and years and that they cowardly sent a bloody stupid drunk guy who didnt have the balls to murder him while being sober, so this book was written just to suck the balls of the goverment who instead of deporting the pond jumper (the author), gave him asylum

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Thank you

    He executed my father. Thank you for putting the truth in print.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Che's Legacy

    Humberto Fontova escaped Cuba in the 60's with his family. He grew up to become a writer and interviewed scores of Cubans who had fled Che's atrocities. He also interviewed extensively the CIA agent who interrogated Che before the Bolivians executed him. If you are one who has succumbed to the Hollywood myth of Che or just don't know the history, you owe it to yourself to read Exposing the Real Che Guevara: and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. The book is a timely and cautionary reminder as there are still Che wanna-be's around. A good companion movie is Andy Garcia's The Lost City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Not a complete truth of Che the man!

    If you want to get a good understanding of Che, read "A Revolutionary Life" by Jon Lee Anderson. It provides an insight and an indepth review of Che Guevara, what he believed in, the killings and so forth. Anderson's books give detailed explanation of how Che got to be the person that he was. The book is totally unbiased. My view of Fontova's book is that he clearly dislikes Che and so he is biased in his writing. He's got to be involved with the CIA!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    if your looking for the truth look else where

    if youve read books on che which idolize him and right about how great he was. well theyre right to some extent, but he was no god. this book is written by a cuban exile. a descendant of a wealthy upper class family that could afford to leave cuba before the downfall of fulgencio batista, so of course its gonna be just lies and propaganda, you wanna be the judge whether he was a murderer or a god? read che's diary. you can be the judge, but reading this crap will get you no where near the truth. while che was a great person and had great ideals. he wasnt perfect, he was what he was, a soldier, and idealist...human.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    propaganda

    This is only conservative propaganda from the Miami exile. Of course Miami Cubans hate anything that has to do with the Cuban revolution, but letting a writer publish a bunch of unrealistic 'real' information based on already proven false CIA information? The editor must be George Bush. Dont' forget the CIA once assured Fidel had killed Che, exactly as later they would assure there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I personally don't agree with many of Che's ideas, but this book is crap. You should try to read Paco Ignacio Taibo II Che's biography which won the Book of the Year award in Italy.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    Please!!

    This book is all about celebrating a man that enjoyed murder of his own people. Fidel Castro and him are responsible for over a million deaths. This book is a typical leftist slant on the revolutionary Che. Gimme a break!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    I am blowen away.

    Reading this book opened my eyes to an evil that others view as an idol. It is amazing to me that there are truly ignorant people in this world who have something positive to say about 'Che'. This book brings out the truth regarding this murdering coward. Outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    talk radio, except you have to pay for it

    This book is worthless drivel, just talk-radio in printed form, screed. It is neither history nor biography. It's not even non-fiction. The author equates Che with Castro and the Castro regime. All crimes and depredations of the latter are attributed to the former, even those which took place years after Che died. Moreover, Fontova depicts Che as totally inept as a military leader, a coward, a philanderer, a bigamist, not really a doctor, ad nauseam. It is just a straw man argument. But more importantly to the entire purpose of the book, Fontova misses the point entirely about why people admire Che, perhaps out of intellectual dishonestly or maybe genuine befuddlement. Che is a symbol of rebellion, of revolution, of fighting against injustice. Whether or not Che became a tyrant in his own right is frankly irrelevant. In the 60s Che was regarded by the US government as enemy number 1, pretty much the same as bin Laden today. Remember this was the US government that was spying on its own citizens, denying basic rights to a large segment of its population, and ramping up for a war in Vietnam that the younger generation rather strongly opposed. These young Americans came to fight against what they perceived as an unjust system. They chose Che as their symbol because he too fought against injustice and he too was targeted by the US government. Nowadays, to wear Che's likeness doesn't mean people are communists, or agree with everything (anything) Che did once he was part of the government of Cuba. It doesn't mean they support Castro. It means fight injustice, change the system, protest. Also, sometimes it means nothing -- just a fashion statement. Cuban Americans of course have good reason to hate Castro, and therefore Che for his role in the Cuban revolution. I don't think they will ever forgive the US government for failing to support the Bay of Pigs invasion or for keeping its promise to the USSR to leave Castro alone. The author has a big ax to grind. Fontova's total lack of objectivity, over the top claims, pointless references to pop culture and People magazine celebs, repeatedly using the same quotes or examples -- they all add up to a book that cannot be taken seriously. I'll never make the mistake of reading anything else by this author. Thank goodness I got it from the library.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    Che worshipers will hate this book, but they may also come to thank the author for freeing them from their delusions. Somehow, a psychopathic killer has come to be adored as a saint of sorts, and a hero, mostly by people who would have ended up in one of the concentration camps he set up for 'deviants', had they been unlucky enough to live in Cuba. Fontova does a marvelous job of unmasking the monster behind the myth, with great accuracy. If anyone doubts that Che worship is irrational, read the review posted on this B & N site which says 'Whether or not Che became a tyrant in his own right is frankly irrelevant.' Holy Smokes! I suppose if the same logic is applicable to Mao, Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. Blind veneration of any idol is dangerous. Even more dangerous is the myopic double standard of those who condemn political and social oppression but revere Che. Fontova has done the world a great service by doing what all truly great historians do, which is to blow away the smoke and incense that envelops all idols and reveal the blood and guts on their altars. This book is not about Right versus Left, no matter what hostile reviewers might say. It is about human rights, and about the shallow hypocrisy that passes for political thought among those who revere Che.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    a very powerful book

    Che Guevara was Castro's main executioner, he is responsible for the deaths of many so called anti-revolutionaries, this fact is simply irrefutable. Read this book you will not regretted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    che guevara, the ultimate propaganda reinvention

    If any character in history has ever been turned into what he is not, it¿s Che Guevara. This guy makes Napoleon in Orwell's 'Animal Farm' look like a little-leaguer. Che, the so-called idealist and rebel intellectual, ordered the executions of hundreds of Cubans at La Cabana prison in 1959 . . . he was Castro¿s hand-picked executioner. Che would have his firing squads murder people before breakfast, while prisoners inside wondered when their turn was next. Then Che would go to breakfast, perhaps mulling over his next idealistic, mumbo-jumbo crock phrase while eating his scrambled eggs. Humberto Fontova shows the real Che to the world, the one who would make anyone cringe wearing that famous t-shirt if the wearee knew the real deal. Read the book and find out the real deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    You're right.

    Yes, Guevara was brutal. He was a communist. To me, Che was a symbol of strength and determination. Traveling through the Americas on a motorcycle was a display of ambition unlike I have ever seen. He murdered anyone who opposed him, but all countries and leaders do that. So what? What was he supposed to do? Let them kill him? On top of him being a leader, he was an intellectual. If anything, he should continue to be a role model for the poor.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Truthiness

    This book shows the reality of the murderer and hypocrite Che Guevara was. For the previous reviewer: The fact is you shouldn't open your mouth because you don't know anything about Che Guevara. All you know is the propaganda that has been fed to you. He didn't love his people, he used them to achieve his own selfish gains. The only thing you said that was correct was 'He wasnt a communist, a dictator, a conservative.' He wasn't any of those, he was a murderer. If you want to know the truth and not what the propaganda machine is forcing you to believe, then read this book.

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