The cover of Jon Lee Anderson's biography Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life features a familiar image of the mythic revolutionary. Banners and newspapers across the island of Cuba are trumpeting 1997 as "the year of the 30th anniversary of the death in combat of the heroic guerrilla and his comrades." And while his popularity continu...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
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
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
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
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 revolution. Jon Lee Anderson’s biography 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 assassination in the Bolivia
Whereas Che in my opinion is the most beautiful, ingenious, and inspirational political figure to have ever lived,...more
I would argue a few score. so by that rights, Anderson is a five-star writer, and this is a five-star book. being "just less" than Krakauer makes you a ve...more
A bulk volume (containing many photographs) the book effectively traces Ernesto Che Guevera’s life right from his comfortable and effluent life style at Buenos Aires, the medical college, his hiatus to tour South America (covered in another book titled Motorcycle Diaries), his preference for Armed Struggle (g...more
Despite the sheer mass of content, Anderson manages to keep an exhaustive pace throughout, wi...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
So when I saw this in audio for a cheap price, I gave myself the assignment to learn from it. I also bought the audiobook version of Brian Latell's After Fidel. All this was before the surprise report from Jeffrey Greenberg's meeting with Fidel in September 2010.
This book is very well do...more
The sheer amount of work that must have gone into writing this biography is mind boggling. Thoug...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
What comes across is a complex man who found meaning in revolution, enabling him to purge his own self-doubt, and giving him a sense of purpose or destiny that only a few ever achieve.
No matter how noble a cause is though, revolutions and the institutions that result from them create as many victims as martyrs -...more
But... Now I've started reading it. And I have to force myself to get started every time. Why? I have no idea. I don't know how many times I've tried to finish the book, but I haven't succeed yet. There m...more
By part 2, I was so enthralled in the book that I forgot about part 1. This book was carried out exactly as it is displayed. 3 books, merged into one. I love this book in it's entirety.
Jon Lee Anderson does an unbelievable job with this. Easily one of my favourite reads of all time.
I put this book down a c...more
I studied a lot about Che and read through the primary sources. Anderson did likewise but also interviewed the people that were there. He gives the kernels of truth showing the good and the bad ignoring the exaggerations that have been made by the pro-Che and anti-Che camps that have their axes to grind.
Well written (solid narrative biography...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
Che Guevara is romanticized in American pop culture. His intellectualism, combined with what he referred to as "iron discipline", courage, willingness to die for his cause, as well as his ability to lead others into act...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.”