Simón Bolívar (Simon Bolivar): A Life

Simón Bolívar (Simon Bolivar): A Life

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by John Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300126042

ISBN-13: 9780300126044

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press


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…  See more details below

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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 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:
9780300126044
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
391,247
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface....................xi
Maps....................xv
1. Out of a Spanish Colony....................1
Venezuelan Homeland....................1
Family, Friends and Neighbours....................7
A Youth of Independent Means....................16
Old Spain, Young Love....................18
2. Lessons from the Age of Reason....................22
Life in Paris....................22
Political Awakening....................24
A Spanish American in the Age of Revolution....................28
Bolívar and the Enlightenment....................31
Return to Venezuela....................39
3. Creole Revolution....................41
Grievances of a Colony....................41
1808, the Critical Year....................44
The London Mission....................49
Independence, Declared and Destroyed....................54
War with Spain and with Nature....................57
The Defeat of the First Republic....................63
4. War to the Death....................65
The Cartagena Manifesto....................65
The Western Front....................68
War by Terror....................72
The Liberator....................75
Counter-Revolution....................81
Exit and Exile....................88
5. Touchstone of the Revolution....................91
The Jamaica Letter....................91
The Caudillos....................98
Confrontation with Piar....................102
The Tactics of Race....................108
An Army for Liberation....................110
Páez and the Llaneros: A NewChallenge....................113
6. New Strategy, New Front....................119
The Angostura Address....................119
Reinforcements and Reappraisal....................122
A Second Front....................124
Boyacá....................129
Tensions after Triumph....................132
Carabobo....................139
7. Society According to Bolívar....................143
Rousseau in Retreat....................143
Continuity and Change....................146
Bolivarian Society....................151
Citizen Soldiers....................156
The Bolivarian Economy....................159
8. War and Love in the Andes....................167
Mountain Barriers....................167
Conference in Guayaquil....................171
Defence of the Revolution....................175
Manuela Sáenz....................178
Into Peru....................183
Junín and Ayacucho....................192
9. The Man of Problems....................197
Across the Desaguadero....................197
The Bolivarian Enlightenment....................201
The Lost Purity of his Principles....................209
An Ever Greater America....................212
A Deal with the Devil....................217
10. The Magic of his Prestige....................226
Adios Venezuela....................226
Quest for Strong Government....................230
The Road to Ocaña and Power....................232
The Assassins....................240
Foundations of the Faith....................244
The Limits of Revolution....................250
11. Journey of Disillusion....................252
Rebels and Invaders....................252
Sombre Thoughts from Guayaquil....................259
Monarchist Friends, Republican Enemies....................262
The Exodus....................266
Farewell to Power, Salute to Glory....................270
Journey's End....................273
12. The Legacy....................280
Man and Myth....................280
Ideas and Ideals....................284
The Realist of the Revolution....................287
Paths of Glory....................292
Dynamics of Leadership....................295
The Cult of Bolívar....................299
Notes....................305
Bibliography....................334
Glossary....................341
Index....................343

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Simón Bolívar (Simon Bolivar): A Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He was a tomas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.