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.
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!
Great book, keeps you engage and makes you wonder how South American will be today if Che would have been able to continue his ties with China.
This is honestly one of the best Audible books I have ever heard (I've heard over 150)... A little slow at the beginning, but then it gets very exciting when you get into the revolutionary nitty gritty.
Should be an Audible Essential.
A great book, Jon as crached out every detail out of the pot. A book Worthy of a true revolutionary "CHE"
Best biograpy i have ever read (Heard)
Best - the chronological history of his life with a brief overview of relatively current accounts of his survivors. Least - VERY BIASED euphemistic language requiring the listener to read between the lines to see clearly the true destruction this criminal egomaniac perpetrated on so many people in multiple countries.
More details from and about those people he utterly destroyed (both his murder victims and their survivers).
His accent is authentic and cadence is pleasant.
If you can tolerate the commitment of time to such a tragic story of a horribly destructive person who has now been venerated by ignorant or socialist minded (ignorant) people. Informative yes. Biased yes.
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