Simon Bolivar (Simon Bolivar): A Life [NOOK Book]

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Simón Bolívar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of “The Liberator” in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolívar’s story, to understand his life in the context of his...
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Simon Bolivar (Simon Bolivar): A Life

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Overview

Simón Bolívar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of “The Liberator” in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolívar’s story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy.
The book illuminates the inner world of Bolívar, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolívar’s entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the Western hemisphere.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300137705
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,366,260
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

John Lynch is emeritus professor of Latin American history and former director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Simon

    He was a tomas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Not that good

    Too many platitudes and too many declarative statements that then get contradicted a few pages later. Another problem is you don't really get a feel for the man. Here's a guy that keeps trying, even after making mistakes and getting soundly defeated repeatedly. And he keeps coming back for more. Even if the author couldn't fully address the why (ok, Bolivar is a visionary and a patriot), he could at least address the how at lot better than he does (one minute he's a refugee in the Caribbean and then with shockingly few details, he's suddenly controlling large swaths of northern South America). We're just told he's this awesome general (so how come he gets trounced on more than one occasion?) this amazing statesman/politician (again, parts of the narrative seem to suggest it's more nuanced), and unbelievable organizer (I'd still love to know HOW he pulls together armies and supplies as opposed to just having them appear without a word of explanation). Bolivar -- and many of the leading people of his time that seem like they are worth elaborating on -- are more caricatures than someone the author has helped you get to understand.

    It feels like Lynch is assuming that his readers already know much of the story, so he can gloss over things and make unsupported claims about people and events. He also may have fallen for Bolivar the myth, rather than searching for the historical man.

    Sadly, I am not sure there is better biography of Bolivar available in English at this point. Hopefully someone will give him the definitive treatment he deserves one day.

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