Liberators, Patriots and Leaders of Latin America: 32 Biographies, 2d ed.

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This book features biographies of 32 of the most notable figures in Latin American history. To the 23 individuals from the first edition, consisting mostly of revolutionary, political, and military figures of the past, are added nine new biographies of contemporary Latin American presidents, providing an updated view of the region's leadership. Several patterns run through the individual biographies. The concept of native identity is an important aspect in the stories of Malinche, Juárez, Sandino, and ...

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Overview

This book features biographies of 32 of the most notable figures in Latin American history. To the 23 individuals from the first edition, consisting mostly of revolutionary, political, and military figures of the past, are added nine new biographies of contemporary Latin American presidents, providing an updated view of the region's leadership. Several patterns run through the individual biographies. The concept of native identity is an important aspect in the stories of Malinche, Juárez, Sandino, and Zapata-profoundly affecting the politics of modern Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua. One also sees a continuing compulsion to rebel against overwhelming odds in the cases of Manuela Sáenz, Che Guevara and Daniel Ortega.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442843
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 403
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome R. Adams is a freelance journalist living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 Doña Marina (La Malinche): Mother of Conquest 5

2 Pierre François Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture: Commander of a Slave Army 14

3 Simón Bolívar: Liberator of the North 25

4 Manuela Sáenz: Spirit of the Liberation 34

5 José de San Martín: Liberator of the South 47

6 Bernardo O'Higgins: Chile's Irish Liberator 60

7 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento: Educator of a Continent 73

8 Pedro I and Pedro II, Brazil's Emperors: Divine Right and Democracy 85

9 José Martí: Revolutionary Poet 96

10 Benito Juárez: Builder of Democracy 104

11 Pancho Villa: Political Warrior 114

12 Emiliano Zapata: Indian Reformer 120

13 Dolores Jiménezy Muro, Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza and Hermila Galindo de Topete: Women of the Mexican Revolution 127

14 Augusto Sandino: The Visionary versus the Marines 133

15 Juan Perón: Monarch of the Working Class 142

16 María Eva Duarte de Perón: Angel of the "Shirtless Ones" 151

17 José Figueres: At the Center of Latin America 161

18 Fidel Castro: Socialist Revolutionary 173

19 Ernesto "Che" Guevera: Existential Rebel 183

20 Bishop Romero: Modern Martyr 194

21 Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet: Ariel and Caliban 203

22 César Chávez: Hispanic Spartacus 231

23 Vicente Fox: Breaking the Political Mold 256

24 Néstor Kirchner Ostoic and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: Peronist Pair 281

25 Daniel Ortega Saavedra: Sandino Redux 305

26 Luís Inacio Lula da Silva: Brazil's Diminutive Giant 329

27 Hugo Chávez: Elected Leftist 352

Chapter Notes 383

Select Bibliography 387

Index 393

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