Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
Nearly four decades after his death, its impossible to avoid the image of Ernesto Che Guevara everywhere from T-shirts to cartoons. Liberals consider Che a revolutionary martyr who gave his life to help the poor of Latin America. Time named him one of the one hundred...more
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Che has been a hero of mine for as many years as it's been since he was first thrust into the public arena. His life is a fascinating tapestry of the bourgeois and the revolutionary, full of as many contradictions as it is of predictable behaviors.
I've read probably every single biography of Che that's been published in Spanish and English, including those published by the Cuban Revolutionary Government. Between all of them, of w ...more
I don't do that anymore.
Now I deduct 50 points.
In North Korea, the cult of personality surrounding Kim Jung Il has its narrative so well-controlled that citizens there really, truly believe that he has superhuman powers. This happened because there is no other available, realistic counter-narrative about him there. The propaganda machine controls every aspect of the story about his life. Such was the case for many Che ...more
The irony, well ironies of this love affair with Che has always seemed humorously sad to me. Being in school in the 1960s he was almost a contemporary and was just coming into his own so to speak. The image that shows up on T-shirts, sw ...more
I got into an ugly little argument at the bookstore while buying this. An old hippie explained that she'd just come back from cuba. And that I shouldn't believe the work of some miami fascist. She insisted "The people", loved their Che. This is the mindset you will encounter from these imbeciles. She thinks people who live in a ...more
If you have some retarded poster or T-shirt of this guy burn it now before you humiliate yourself even further - this goes for you too Carlos Santana (stupid h ...more
Actually, I don't doubt that Cuba is every bit the dictatorship and that the Cuban revolution was every bit as bloody and unfair as all other revolutions I've heard about. I do have a problem with the tone of the author, tho ...more
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I thought the book was easy to read, interesting, with a lot of personal stories. The pro-Che side to the story is so prevalent in America (unfortunately) that I don't feel like I need to go read Motorcycle Diaries. The history of communism ...more
Having said that though...Mr. Fontova's prejudices come through, and he has a right to them. But in being so emotional, he gives his detractors something to point at and belittle. This allows people, and d ...more
The irony of movie stars and politicians giving a standing ovation ...more
If you're one of those "Why can't we just get along?" types, you'll probably not like all the bias and partisanship in this chronicle of the ...more
It's amazing how other reviewers can read this book, read all the atrocities Che committed and masterminded, and be critical that it "wasn't balanced" or that Fontova "seemed angry." I would actually call it "telling the story the right way." Che was a monster, and ...more
Митове се създават лесно. Трудно се рушат. Известно улеснение е премахването им с други митове (както при религиите, които се заместват една друга). Но истината, онази - имагинерно-обективната, все се изплъзва някъде отвъд хоризонта.