Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.
Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, this work illuminates as never before the mythic figure who embodied the high-water mark of revolutionary communism as a force in history.
©1997 Jon Lee Anderson; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Everything one could possibly want to know about the life of Che and much more.
I enjoyed almost all of this 37 hours of Che and I'm impressed with the completeness of the work.
Well worth the time and credit. It's all here.
This was a fascinating book and although it's probably the longest book that I've ever listened to (I don't know if I would have read a book of this length) and move a little slowly at first, it came to a riveting conclusion that keep me on the edge of my seat.
I'm a little young to fully understand and appreciate the social upheavals of the 1950' - 60' other than the 30,000 foot view that I have had most of my life. This book taught me so much in regards to some of those efforts.
If you're a student of history as I've become, you'll love this book!
Extremely well written book. The author has done a great job extracting all the important details of the life of this revolutionary and creating an amazing biography. Listening to this book was like stepping back in time and observing the historical events that took place. I just loved it.
The author tried to keep an even look at Che's life but his constant excusing of the shelfish and brutal acts of this "hero" shows his real agenda. Even with his excusing of these acts I found it quite interesting to read about this Communist community organizer. The work is probably more balanced than most about Che and I recommend this to anybody who is interested or who doesn't know much about Che.
I learned so much from listening to this book and was gripped by every minute of it. The 37 hrs flew by and I was always looking for more time to listen. I kind of want to listen to it again...
This book represents a significant undertaking to document the life of Guevara. Fidel and Raul Castro, and many other revolutionary fighters are also discussed in great detail. This work does not try to glamourise Guevara - it presents a portrait in great depth, including both the successes and failings of the man - a warts and all reference source.
The book is long! It is well documented and the author has incorporated a wide variety of research techniques to get to a deeper understanding of both Guevara, the people he fought with and against, the circumstances surrounding armed struggles, and the political climates in each of the countries in which he visited.
Descriptions of tough conditions in the jungles and mountains of Cuba, Bolivia, and the Congo were fascinating. The takeover of Cuba by Castro and Guevara, the wooing and subsequent falling out with USSR, the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis provided some great insights.
I loved this book, and will probably revisit it at some future date. It's probably not the sort of book for everyone and can be hard ploughing through the detail. But if you have the patience and interest, this book will dispel many myths about this astonishing character.
Certainly important shaping moments happened during young Chancho's (Che's nickname) trip with his friend on motorcycle through countries of South America, before he became Revolutionary guerilla.
I liked how Armando used original accent for names, cities, etc and it really made story more authentic.
This book can change the way how you look on effects of US capitalism on South American countries.
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.
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