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.
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.
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.
Certainly by this author.
The author needed someone to edit this for him so it would be more interesting instead of a listener to sleep.
Yes, very much interesting details
Yes I would, he has done exceptionally good work making this book
Yes, very well
I was surprised about Ches total Marxism and Kommunism. Did not know that beforehand. Also created a new view to history for me.
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.
He's above all.
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.
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.
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