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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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well researched, well written and decently read

A great historical account of a very misunderstood character. Reasonably unbiased and based on facts - or at least disclaimers about the lack or contradiction of them. It's the only book I have "read" on Che. it's quality is right up there with The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, Mao: The Unknown Story and Guns, Germs and Steel.

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Worth your time...

This was a very comprehensive project highlighting Che Guevara's life as a man and revolutionary.

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A story of dedication

I wasn't really sure about listening to this book to be honest. Firstly it's long, really long and second I wasn't really sure it I'd like what I was going to hear.

The book starts with his early life and this background formed a strong foundation for the rest of the story including explaining the basis for some of the beliefs he held later in life.

While the views of Che Guevara still baffle me the book did a great job of explaining how they developed over time and showed a lot of what made Che Guevara so dedicated to his country, his leader and his cause.

The book is interesting for it's historical information and for the information is gives about what it means to be someone with strong convictions.

Well worth the credit.

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The man who died for his beliefs

Great person to listen about. His courage is an inspiring one. Only few people has that courage to sacrifice thier life's for what they believed in. A great story that our current and future generations need to know. Very good narration.

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Great history, interesting and well paced

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I really enjoyed learning about Che, Castro, and the wider national liberation efforts of these Marxists. It's a mixed up world and Che was no less mixed up than anyone else. It's easy to both admire and abhor him for Che was the real deal. The book is jam-packed with objective and substantive history, all well told and easy to follow. A real gem for history buffs...and it doesn't feel like a 36-hour book either.

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Che Guevara

Fascinating story and well read. I knew nothing of Che's life prior to this book. Listed to it after a trip to Ecuador. If you're into socialism you'll like this, if you're into South American political history, Che covers enough ground throughout his life that you'll like this, or if you're just an adventurer in life like myself you'll find something to connect with irregardless of you political views. This is definitely worth reading!

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Well done

Good listen, easy to follow, and a stellar narrator. Listening was not nearly as difficult a task than reading this small tree trunk.

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  • 02-06-16

Great life story but brace yourself - 36 h long!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Che Guevara?

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.

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

I liked how Armando used original accent for names, cities, etc and it really made story more authentic.

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

This book can change the way how you look on effects of US capitalism on South American countries.

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Excellent book

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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not as long as you think

despite the length of this story the time goes by very quickly well told and well read definitely a life worth knowing about