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Che Guevara by Jon Lee Anderson
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May 03, 09

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Read in May, 2009

Wow! I had no idea how ignorant I am of American politics over the last 50 years. This book really shows the underbelly of society - not just in the armed rebellion camps, but also in the imperialism that drove 'revolution'. This type of history makes me uncomfortable with 'US driven freedom' rhetoric...do we define freedom as free elections, or just free elections that have the outcome that we support? But I digress...
I don't really think that Che is a great role model for young people and it's disturbing that his picture hangs on so many dorm room walls. He did have qualities that were impressive - intelligent, disciplined, hard-working and true to himself. However, he held that the end justifies the means. While that may be warranted in some cases, it is not just for someone with that perspective to be appointed as a judge of war crimes (of the enemy that he defeated). I also don't believe we should respect and awe someone whose goal it was to start World War III(even if it meant nuclear disaster - which it likely would have).
Overall, I am extremely glad I read this - the history is fascinating and it helps me understand more of where we are today.
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