Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
-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
A Revolutionary Life is infinitely quotable. I could probably write ten blog pages with the musings of Che Guevara but I won't because it wouldn't make sense. But I am going to post a couple during this review starting with:
"I have sworn before a picture of the old and mourned comrade Stalin that ...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
How brave he is..!!!
How strong he is..!!!
How determined he is...!!
I was continously sobbing and reading his last words when Bolivian army executed him he said "I know you came here to kill me..
shoot me coward you are killing only a man, you can not kill my ideas" ...
Actually What I do not like in communism is that, it abolishes the religion because Karl Marx clearly said that *Religion is a silent protest of people against the state through prayers*.
What I ...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
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
It i ...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
Those were the words of American psychologist Abraham Maslow, a contemporary of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna-Lynch or, simply, ‘Che’. Little could have Maslow known then that a man would rise to global renown from the southernmost part of his own continent, trying to be what he could be – a revolutionary of the highest caliber. And in the process, that man would become one of the most dangerous enemies of Maslow’s homeland.
Che is relevant to Maslow for another reas ...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 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
It’s an indisputable fact that Che is a remarkable figure whether you like him or not. The fact that he provokes such visceral reactions in people is a testament to how intensely - and sometimes rigidly - went by his values and lived for revolution every minute of his life. This book does a good job of exposing that.
The book also does a great job ...more
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.”