Che Guevara: You Win or You Die

Che Guevara: You Win or You Die

by Stuart A. Kallen


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October 9, 1967. World-renowned revolutionary Che Guevara is dead at the age of thirty-nine.

The charismatic Argentinian revolutionary had been leading guerilla fighters in the jungles of Bolivia and was captured by the Bolivian army. Mario Terán, a sergeant in the Bolivian army, volunteered to execute the prisoner. He carried out the bloody assignment with nine point-blank shots to Guevara's body.

Around the globe, reactions to the assassination were mixed. In Cuba, where Guevara had helped overthrow a brutally repressive dictatorship in 1959, more than one million people mourned openly. But in the United States and elsewhere, many business leaders and government officials were relieved. Guevara's anti-capitalist movement sought to strip big businesses of their land and power. He wanted to set up socialist systems to spread wealth and resources among ordinary workers—in Latin America and all around the world. To the rich and powerful, Guevara was a dangerous threat.

In this chronicle of an assassination, find out what inspired the myth of Che Guevara and what brought him to this bloody crossroads of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822590354
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shots Heard Round The World 5

Chapter 1 The Making of a Rebel 9

Chapter 2 A Guerrilla Warrior 25

Chapter 3 Riding a Revolutionary Wave 39

Chapter 4 Days of Anguish 53

Chapter 5 The Making of an Icon 69

Timeline 76

Glossary 78

Who's Who? 79

Source Notes 81

Selected Bibliography 83

Further Reading, Films, and Websites 84

Index 86

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