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Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America

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Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries—a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent—from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth. The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname “the devil” from his enemies. His astonishing resilience in the face of military ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Stephen
Jun 25, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
One country's demi-god can be another's historical relic.

Simon Bolivar's profile in the United States is not a prominent one. Years ago there was a chapter somewhere in the elementary or middle school textbooks, but beyond that this prominent figure has not been the subject of an HBO miniseries, a biopic starring Antonio Banderas, or any such pop culture effluvia.

Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America."

He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, st
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John Gurney
Jun 08, 2014 John Gurney rated it really liked it
Few die having their name synonymous with a word. "Liberator" Bolivar was one. This biography’s excellent writing focuses on the aristocrat-turned-revolutionary’s spot in history. Simon Bolivar was born into a top Venezuelan family and steeped in European thought, especially the theories of Rousseau. He was of mixed heritage, European but also, most likely, of African and indigenous blood, and this helped shape his views on equality. Bolivar’s grand tour of Europe widened his thinking on ...more
Gary R.
Jul 24, 2014 Gary R. rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read about a man not too many people know about. It's hard to find books on Latin American history; glad I discovered this one. I highly recommend.
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