This book gives fantastic insight into the life of a man whom most of us are aware of, but often know little about. The research and explanation of Che's story is in-depth and does not skip many details, and the author does a wonderful job of allowing the reader to determine for themselves what their ultimate opinion of Che Guevara is. It also provides a very insightful look at the history of the Cuban Revolution, particularly in its early stages.
This book is indeed very long and I do agree that there are some areas relating to military strategy that could be left out. However, these are essential pieces of the puzzle in understanding Che's life and only serve to further inform the reader.
i thoroughly enjoyed this book. incredibly informative, great context, analysis of the man and his behavior. I wanted to know why so many people idolize the man Che and why so many people hate him. this book absolutely helped me to form an educated opinion on Che.
The story was written rather blandly, combined with the reader, it felt like it lacked emotion and failed to draw me in after 2 hours. I even skipped to the middle but that was no better.
Che is legendary.
Che is very unique. Can't compare him to anyone or any other books.
Yeah why not but as long as he can read exactly what was on the book.
Very insightful. You understand his personality. Why he was the way he was. He was no dumbie .
Yeah next time try following exactly what the real paperback book reads. Unabridged mean unedited. False advertising here.
Being a right winged European, I have never been much interested in Cuba, Castro or Che Guevara, but I couldn't put down this work. It's full of details, and beautifully written so it never gets boring. The book gives a great insight in life and thoughts of Che Guevara and the contrast with other people, most notably with Fidel Castro. It's definitely not a hero's story. It's unbelievable how many of today's conflicts in Africa and especially South and Middle America were started with the help of Che Guevara. This is a fantastic work about a guy that lived and in the end died for his principles. A book I should have read 15 years earlier.
Having lived through this period of history and finding most of the books written about the time to be either too far right, or too far left, this biography presented a very complete view of Che from beginning to end, without casting him as either hero or villain.
At the same time, it gives brief glimpses into the historical and personal people in his life, without losing focus on the main character.
Having stopped listening to “Historical” or “Biographical” materials, finding them too agenda driven, I am very glad I took the time to listen and enjoy this book. I hope this trend continues.
This is a very long book; at 37 hours, it is double the size of what is already a long listen As anything else, it was worth reading to understand more about a person I only heard about, Che. This is a very unlikely read for me, but I enjoy history and am willing to try to read about anyone I think might be interesting or provide insight,it does not hurt to know a little, even if the book is not finished. The reader learns about Che's parents;s lives, Che's upbringing and attitudes; it follows Motorcycle Diaries very closely during that particular time. I am at the point in my reading that is a little before revolution, so I plan to return to it. There are SO many Latin names that are referenced; so many that I think what I read about how the author was able to get such a great accounting of Che's life was talking to all of these people and promising to use their name in the book. It is humorous. For historical reading, this is worthwhile, which is how I look at it. I have about 15 hours to go!