The world seems to be in the grip of a renewed fascination with Che Guevara, the Colombian-born Marxist and committed armed revolutionary. Thankfully for history, he was also a fine writer. Performed here in an intense, South American flavored dialect by Bruno Gerardo, The Bolivian Diary is Che’s record of his 1966-67 guerrilla campaign in Bolivia, where he tried to repeat the success of the earlier Cuban revolution. It is also his final testament: its last entry is dated two days before his CIA-backed execution.
The diary is an important artifact of history as it helps contextualize this difficult man’s political beliefs and strategies. Che in his own words allows the listener a much deeper dive than do the recent films based on his gritty life.
Che Guevara remains one of the world's most iconic political and revolutionary figures. Fascinating to admirers and adversaries alike, he captured the minds of millions with his leadership and his belief in guerrilla warfare as the only effective agent to achieve political change.
Here, in his own classic text on revolution, Che draws on his first-hand experience of the Cuban campaign to document all aspects of guerrilla warfare, from its aims to its organization and training. He analyses how in Cuba, against all odds, a small band of dedicated fighters grew in strength with the support of the people to defeat a dictator's army.
©2006 Aleida March and the Che Guevara Studies Center (Havana); (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
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