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The Bolivian Diary by Ernesto Che Guevara
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Jan 17, 2012

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bookshelves: around-the-world, location-south-america, war, historic, 2012-reads
Read from January 11 to 16, 2012

Around the World = Bolivia

The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara details the 11 months of the guerilla campaign for the liberation of Bolivia, until the day before his death. Found amongst Che's posessions following his capture and execution by the Bolivian Army, and thus not rewritten for publication, it soberly describes campaign efforts. Preparing trails and provisioning expeditions; recruiting fighters and supporters; skirmishes and ambushes against the army; ilnesses, infections and injuries; starvation and exhaustion; frustration that the spark of revolution sputters and smoulders rather than bursting to life.

Che was a remarkable man, and is now all too often portrayed as the iconic figure on posters and flags. He strived for freedom and equality through his actions, driven by the experiences of the poor and disenfranchised, but this book is not a manifesto. Instead it reveals his very human nature; exhausted and starving, debilitated by his asthma, he holds to his ideals with unwavering conviction.
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