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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life | [Jon Lee Anderson]

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. 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.
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Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution.

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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    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 09-12-12
    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Lets you decide"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 05-29-10
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 05-29-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Still Listening"

    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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Henderson, NV, USA 01-14-10
    Monica Henderson, NV, USA 01-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Intense and Fascinating"

    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.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Marcos Mexico, Mexico 05-24-10
    Marcos Mexico, Mexico 05-24-10 Member Since 2003
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    "F A N T A S T I C ! ! !"

    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.

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    frangair 04-23-10
    frangair 04-23-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Shane"

    Extremely detailed and very easy to keep attentive. Narrator awesome

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    04-02-10
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    "A true Revolutionary Book"

    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)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 01-22-12
    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 01-22-12
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    "Wasted life. Charasmatic egomaniac criminal."
    What did you like best about Che Guevara? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More details from and about those people he utterly destroyed (both his murder victims and their survivers).


    What does Armando Durán bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent is authentic and cadence is pleasant.


    Was Che Guevara worth the listening time?

    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.


    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Meehlticket Fairhope, Alabama, USA 10-17-13
    Meehlticket Fairhope, Alabama, USA 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Minutia"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that wants the intimate, day to day, hour by hour, details of a famous person's life, this is the book for you. While it is interesting... I kept asking myself while listening to this book, "So what?" I realize an incredible amount of research, years of research, went into this book... and it shows with all the minutia.


    Has Che Guevara turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly by this author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The author needed someone to edit this for him so it would be more interesting instead of a listener to sleep.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ari Kukkonen Finland 04-21-12
    Ari Kukkonen Finland 04-21-12
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    "Very interesting"
    Would you listen to Che Guevara again? Why?

    Yes, very much interesting details


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jon Lee Anderson? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, he has done exceptionally good work making this book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was surprised about Ches total Marxism and Kommunism. Did not know that beforehand. Also created a new view to history for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S.Palan CA, United States 06-07-12
    S.Palan CA, United States 06-07-12
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    "Che Guevara: A Serial Social Entrepreneur"
    What did you love best about Che Guevara?

    This guys is not only an inspiration, but an ideal from from there's a lot one can learn, about conduct, entrepreneurship and leadership.

    How one man, with no personal interest can change the face of humanity. He not only was a learned scholar, but was apt in executing what was right for the human masses. He really wanted to change the world, and sacrificed everything to do it himself.

    There's not enough words to describe him.


    What other book might you compare Che Guevara to and why?

    He's above all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Che, though suffering from Asthma, out-performed every other person in Guerrilla Training. His self discipline and dedications tells a lot about his persona.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry at the very end, not when they killed him, but by the effects he had on people even after he died.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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