Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him

Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him

by Humberto Fontova


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A debunking of liberal myths about one of the most bloodthirsty icons of the twentieth century.

Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the mainstream media celebrate Ernesto "Che" Guevara as a saint, a sex symbol, and a selfless martyr. But their ideas about Che—whose face adorns countless T-shirts and posters—are based on the lies of Fidel Castro's murderous dictatorship.

Che's hipster fans are classic "useful idiots," the name Stalin gave to foolish Westerners who parroted his lies about communism. And their numbers only increased after a new biopic was released, starring Benicio Del Toro.

But as Humberto Fontova reveals in this myth-shattering book, Che was actually a bloodthirsty executioner, a military bumbler, a coward, and a hypocrite. In fact, Che can be called the godfather of modern terrorism.

Fontova reveals:

• How he longed to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles.
• How he persecuted gays, blacks, and religious people.
• How he loved material wealth and private luxuries, despite his image as an ascetic.

Are Che fans like Angelina Jolie, Jesse Jackson, Carlos Santana, and Johnny Depp too ignorant to realize they've been duped? Or too anti-American to care?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595230522
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 620,463
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Humberto Fontova left Cuba in 1961 at the age of seven. He has written for several conservative magazines and has appeared on radio and television. He is the author of Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant and Exposing the Real Che Guevara.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xix
New York Fetes the Godfather of Terrorism     1
Jailer of Rockers, Hipsters, and Gays     10
Bon Vivant, Mama's Boy, Poser, and Snob     23
From Military Doofus to "Heroic Guerrilla"     34
Fidel's Favorite Executioner     66
Murderer of Women and Children     81
The "Intellectual and Art Lover" as Book Burner and Thief     111
Academia's Rude Surprise     122
Brownnoser and Bully     132
Guerrilla Terminator     137
"The Brains Of the Revolution" as Economic Czar     143
Che in Africa     167
Che's Final Debacle     177
Notes     201
Index     215

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Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Che admirier, I was reluctant to read this book, but I am glad I did. It's interesting to read about the dark sides of icons percieved to be heroes. Similar books could 'and should' be written about Ghengis Khan, Peter the Great, Alexander the Great, and hosts of other historical figures bearing the title 'The Great'. However, I intend to review this book on how it was written, not its subject matter. Personally, I think this book was well researched, but poorly written. It reads like an essay penned by an angry teenager. The language is most unsophisticated. I assure you this opinion in uninfluenced by my interest in Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. I'd say the same if it made him out to be a saint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This eminently readable book explodes the prevalent myths that Che was a great thinker, a great man of the people, a great leader, and an all-around great guy. All of the facts presented are well documented and from reliable sources, and the truth shines from every page. Unfortunately, this very readability will probably keep it from the shelves of many college libraries, where it could conceivably have done some good-- liberal academics will undoubtedly object simply on the grounds that it lacks what they would consider proper gravitas. Still, if your children come home wearing Che t-shirts or other accoutrement, don¿t let them out of the house until they¿ve read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stole the family farm and executed distant relatives. I have to restrain myself whenever I see an ignorant soul wearing his likeness. He would have done the same to you, yours and your hard earned possesions if had the chance. Domt be a useful idiot.
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thank you to the exiled cuban community for carrying the torch of truth. this book is a tribute to those brave souls who were murdered by che and castros cuba.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book finaly exposes the truth about che guevera. He was nothing more than a marxist murderer. Who deserves to be tossed upon the ash heap of history with Mao, Pol pot, Stalin and all of the other marxists. He definitely does not deserve to be idolized as a role model. Someone said he is a role model for the poor. What a joke! It is marxist idiology that keeps people poor in the first place! Commies are not cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He executed my father. Thank you for putting the truth in print.
ague on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. Well referenced. Includes references from the very obscure Verde Olivo, the Cuban Military's official rag.
HistReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This will not shed light on why men like Che, Castro and Mao are lauded by the Left while white guys like Hitler and Stalin are the epitome of Rightwingers. Mr. Fontova's book will highlight the obtusely celebratory idolatry of these tyrants. Mixing critiques of past biographers, recounting reports and interviews of victims and victimizers, and Che's diary itself, Exposing the Real Che Guevara, destroys the happy revolutionary symbolism now all too prevalent in our culture.Mr. Fontova does a great job of showing how teens, actors and rock stars and left-leaning politicians behold and revere a mass murderer, Imperialist (his forays into Africa and Argentina were attempts at establishing Marxism in those countries), book burning and counterculture hating coward.
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choosyreader More than 1 year ago
Humberto Fontova escaped Cuba in the 60's with his family. He grew up to become a writer and interviewed scores of Cubans who had fled Che's atrocities. He also interviewed extensively the CIA agent who interrogated Che before the Bolivians executed him. If you are one who has succumbed to the Hollywood myth of Che or just don't know the history, you owe it to yourself to read Exposing the Real Che Guevara: and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. The book is a timely and cautionary reminder as there are still Che wanna-be's around. A good companion movie is Andy Garcia's The Lost City
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book opened my eyes to an evil that others view as an idol. It is amazing to me that there are truly ignorant people in this world who have something positive to say about 'Che'. This book brings out the truth regarding this murdering coward. Outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Che worshipers will hate this book, but they may also come to thank the author for freeing them from their delusions. Somehow, a psychopathic killer has come to be adored as a saint of sorts, and a hero, mostly by people who would have ended up in one of the concentration camps he set up for 'deviants', had they been unlucky enough to live in Cuba. Fontova does a marvelous job of unmasking the monster behind the myth, with great accuracy. If anyone doubts that Che worship is irrational, read the review posted on this B & N site which says 'Whether or not Che became a tyrant in his own right is frankly irrelevant.' Holy Smokes! I suppose if the same logic is applicable to Mao, Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. Blind veneration of any idol is dangerous. Even more dangerous is the myopic double standard of those who condemn political and social oppression but revere Che. Fontova has done the world a great service by doing what all truly great historians do, which is to blow away the smoke and incense that envelops all idols and reveal the blood and guts on their altars. This book is not about Right versus Left, no matter what hostile reviewers might say. It is about human rights, and about the shallow hypocrisy that passes for political thought among those who revere Che.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Che Guevara was Castro's main executioner, he is responsible for the deaths of many so called anti-revolutionaries, this fact is simply irrefutable. Read this book you will not regretted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If any character in history has ever been turned into what he is not, it¿s Che Guevara. This guy makes Napoleon in Orwell's 'Animal Farm' look like a little-leaguer. Che, the so-called idealist and rebel intellectual, ordered the executions of hundreds of Cubans at La Cabana prison in 1959 . . . he was Castro¿s hand-picked executioner. Che would have his firing squads murder people before breakfast, while prisoners inside wondered when their turn was next. Then Che would go to breakfast, perhaps mulling over his next idealistic, mumbo-jumbo crock phrase while eating his scrambled eggs. Humberto Fontova shows the real Che to the world, the one who would make anyone cringe wearing that famous t-shirt if the wearee knew the real deal. Read the book and find out the real deal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
South American countries have been fraught with powerful, rich elitist regimes since the Spanish Conquistadors. The poor are shamelessly exploited and the US has turned a blind eye on the atrocities. Moreover the US has consistently supported the powerful and the rich. Che Guevara wanted something better. Given the political climate, asking politely would not have been appropriate. Che Guevara is rightly held as hero and a champion of his people. To portray him otherwise is to ignore millions of indigent Americans and the sheer volume of tyranny he fought against. I felt vaguely dirty just reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows the reality of the murderer and hypocrite Che Guevara was. For the previous reviewer: The fact is you shouldn't open your mouth because you don't know anything about Che Guevara. All you know is the propaganda that has been fed to you. He didn't love his people, he used them to achieve his own selfish gains. The only thing you said that was correct was 'He wasnt a communist, a dictator, a conservative.' He wasn't any of those, he was a murderer. If you want to know the truth and not what the propaganda machine is forcing you to believe, then read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is only conservative propaganda from the Miami exile. Of course Miami Cubans hate anything that has to do with the Cuban revolution, but letting a writer publish a bunch of unrealistic 'real' information based on already proven false CIA information? The editor must be George Bush. Dont' forget the CIA once assured Fidel had killed Che, exactly as later they would assure there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I personally don't agree with many of Che's ideas, but this book is crap. You should try to read Paco Ignacio Taibo II Che's biography which won the Book of the Year award in Italy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about celebrating a man that enjoyed murder of his own people. Fidel Castro and him are responsible for over a million deaths. This book is a typical leftist slant on the revolutionary Che. Gimme a break!