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Earning glory on the fields of battle, Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) was one of the most influential and enigmatic figures of Latin American history. Most North Americans know little of "the Liberator" who freed South America from Spanish rule from 1810 to 1826. Richard W. Slatta and Jane Lucas De Grummond bring forth the entire life and legacy of Simón Bolívar, with special attention to the ups and the downs of his military career in Bolívar's Quest for Glory. Bolívar's life contained all the makings of an epic war hero: repeated comebacks from defeat, flashes of military genius, tremendous mood swings, dogged persistence, a near-manic quest for glory, and fall from political grace. He exhibited both military leadership and foolhardiness. Egomaniacal, he strived for military might and political power. The tragedy of his life and his political legacy remain hotly debated, but no one would deny this man's historical significance. Drawing from an immense corpus of writings left behind by Bolívar, his allies, and his enemies, the authors transport the reader back to the life and times of the Liberator, introducing lesser known people who fought on both sides of the conflict and showing how Bolívar did not win Spanish American independence all on his own. Voices of the past ring from this rich narrative—expressions of admiration for Bolívar's courage, leadership, and vision, as well as proclamations of the leader's failures and weaknesses. The first ever biography to suggest that Bolívar suffered from bipolar disorder, Bolívar's Quest for Glory treads new ground and shows how the conflicts he faced during the independence era set a political pattern followed by much of Latin America for the next century. Scholars and fans of military history, anyone interested in the development of modern Latin America, and readers of great biography will all welcome this book.
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Journal of Military History
De Grummond and Slatta have provided an engaging, exhaustive, effective starting point for students of Bolívar's movement and the personalities of his era.
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Richard W. Slatta holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and teaches history at North Carolina State University. He has won awards for his writings on Latin America and on the American West.The late Jane Lucas De Grummond was the first woman to receive a doctorate in history at Louisiana State University and also became the first woman to teach history there. She gathered material on Bolívar during research trips to South America. Following De Grummond's death and at her brother's request, Slatta updated and revised the book to its present form.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Education of a Liberator
1 Introduction: Bolivar and Washington 3
2 A Young Man Seeks His Destiny, 1783-1806 9
3 Stirrings of Independence, 1807-10 26
Pt. II Struggling for Independence
4 Disasters for the Foolish Fatherland, 1811-12 45
5 Victories from Mompox to Araure, 1812-13 71
Pt. III Spain's Reconquest of Its Colonies
6 Boves and Royalist Resurgence, 1814-15 95
7 Regrouping in Jamaica, 1815-16 116
8 From Optimism at Aux Cayes to Disaster at Ocumare, 1816 134
9 Frustration from Jacmel to Guayana, 1816-17 149
Pt. IV Patriot Resurgence, Spanish Collapse
10 From Frustration on the Llanos to Victory at Boyaca, 1818-19 169
11 Armistice: Joining With San Martin to Turn the Tide, 1820-21 200
12 Delirium Over Manuela and Chimborazo, 1822 224
13 Final Triumph in Peru, 1823-25 241
14 Trying to Hold Gran Colombia Together, 1825-28 261
15 Political Decline and Death, 1828-30 278
16 From Demagogue to Demigod 295
App Highlights of Simon Bolivar's Life and Times 311
Glossary of Spanish Terms 315
Bibliography 317
Index 335
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