Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
"Acclaimed around the world and a national best-seller, this is the definitive work on Che Guevara, the dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revelation. Jon Lee Anderson's biography traces Che's extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the ba ...more
This biography combines several approaches to history in one. In the first section, Anderson provides vivid details of Che's early life, his love of literature and learni ...more
-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s last words* (Anderson, 1991:735)
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara de la Serna
Those words make me shudder. And one will wonder, who this man is, that in his irrepressible idealism enlivened in clandestine activities and political conspiracies, dare deprive death of his satisfaction, for indeed decades later, Comandante Che, is now heroically revered.
Born Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, Che Guevara, was, unlike the ideology he died for ...more
The important thing for me was that Anderson showed us both sides of the man. His other-worldly drive for justice and solidarity, but also his cold-blooded ruthlessness and obsession for discipline. I firmly think he is one of th ...more
You may not know it, but your world is a little darker because of it. Last night, as I finished this massive tome, I was in a terrible state of depression. I've spent a solid month with this man. And I did not want the story to end the way it was going to. Not in the way it did.
Che was an inspiration. He was a truly phenomenal human being. He is most definitely worth the recognition given to him by all of the t-shirts and dorm room posters worn by college kids all across the US. The ...more
What I loved about this book was not only the lens on the fascinating history of Che's life and especially the Cuban revolution, but the dozens of journal excerpts from Ch ...more
The great historical tragedy surrounding the legacy of Che Guevara is that man who was nothing but completely and utterly sincere has become a symbol of insincerity. I'm not sure if this was always the case, but at least when I see people of my generation wearing a Che shirt or displaying a Che poster, I no longer see the famous Korda photograph of Guevara, I see the words "I am a giant poser" tattooed in bold relief on that persons face. There may be people who are sincere in their admiration,...more
I didn't really know too much about Che past the basic facts before reading this book, and now I find it incredibly hard, well, impossible, not to admire him. There is one quote in the book which says that "He [Che ...more
What really motivated me to finally sit down and read this book was something I saw in a Chinese restaurant about two or three months ago. I was sitting in the restaurant, waiting for my food when a twelve-year-old kid came in, wearing a Che Guevara shirt. I wondered if the kid even knew anyth ...more
This is his legacy.And the proof is, every time we witness a social movement or demonstration any where in the world, his ever famous portrait hangs HIGH.
They tried so hard to smear his character but to no avail. A man who lead by example. A man who p ...more
A side note: my used copy had annotations throughout the first 200 pages - entirely critical comments: 'bum', 'dumbass', etc. That is not the point of a biography, to confirm your own prejudices. It is to form a portrait of a man's life to analyze and learn from.
Also, in USA, we tend to only hear about Che and Castro through the anti-Communist, Cold War Era lens. I also learned a lot about communism and its implementation in various countries throughout the world.
It took me a whi ...more
Born a frail asthmatic, a condition that was with him on the day he died, Ernesto, Che, Guevara seemed to live his first decade under a pall of death. Did these continued brushes with mortality explain his uncompromising valor later in life? Perhaps.
Intelligent, Che gave up engineering to become a doctor and clinician, only to set science aside to immerse himself in e ...more
A great part of the book is dedicated to the Cuban revolution and to Che's role in Cuban politics and diplomacy. And this is completely understandable as his fame is related to Cuba although he was an Argentinian.
Lack of knowledge regarding Cuba's history may lead to underestimating the ...more
This books was thoroughly researched and showed both the great attributes of the man and the extreme views he held. It was also interesting to read about Che as a father, husband and son because I think it is forgotten that those close to him seemed to have to acc ...more
It i ...more
1) Journalists are important
2) As are Economists. Cuba could have benefited tremendously from the free operation of both.
3) Place and time matter for any revolutionary. Che could have benefited from acknowledging this.
4) No one should want anyone to read their private diaries, because said diary scribe sounds like an a-hole. Sorry, Che. It's true.
From this biography it is easy to see why, if you focus on Guevara's younger years, he is object of affection for so many. His travels through the Americas and the lessons they instilled in him are easy to love.
But that ...more
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atrocities perpetrated against Argentina’s native
Indians by Juan Manuel de Rosas, had predicted
that “the country will be in the hands of white
Gaucho savages instead of copper-coloured Indians.
The former being a little superior in education,
as they are inferior in every moral virtue.”