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Guevara, Also Known as Che

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  696 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Mexican novelist and historian Paco Ignacio Taibo II here captures the life and character of Che Guevara, the preeminent Latin-American revolutionary of the late twentieth century. The symbol of radical egalitarianism and the war against social injustice, Guevara was gunned down in the jungles of southeastern Bolivia in 1967, his death surrounded by questions that remain u ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published August 19th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1996)
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Dimitris Ligoxigakis
O Taibo λατρεύει τον Τσε. Σχεδόν τον αγιοποιεί . Όταν όμως διαβάζεις μια βιογραφία , γνωρίζεις , σε κάποιο βαθμό τα κατορθώματα του ήρωα και αυτό που αναμένεις , για να τον γνωρίσεις καλύτερα , είναι να δεις και τις άσχημες στιγμές του . Δυστυχώς ο Taibo παρασύρθηκε από την αγάπη του για τον Τσε. Παρόλο αυτά πρόκειται για μια από τις ομορφότερες βιογραφίες που έχω διαβάσει και αυτό διότι ο Βιογράφος , συνδέει αποσπάσματα από τις δεκάδες επιστολές του Τσε , με την 8ετη ιστορική ερευνά που έκανε , ...more
May 19, 2009 Monica rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Monica by: Erik
I'm not sure how I feel after such a commitment to John Lee Anderson's book but I'm going to give this a go.

This book was more informal than Anderson's but big in terms of passion, having an inside view to Che's life, journals, the comrades with whom he fought, right down to comments from frightened peasants who watched him as he was brought into La Higuera.

I'm left wondering how, if ever, inequality will ever be rectified in this world.
Dec 28, 2011 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paco Ignacio Taibo II è uno scrittore e giornalista spagnolo ma che vive a Città del Messico da quando aveva 9 anni. E’ famoso in Italia anche per la sua serie basata sul detective Hèctor Belascoaràn Shayne. Ha scritto oltre 50 volumi vincendo diversi premi letterari.
Per saperne di più sull'autore:
Senza perdere la tenerezza è la sua biografia di Ernesto Che Guevara de la Serna, il famoso rivoluzionario argentino che contribuì alla disfatta del dittatore Ba
Dec 14, 2010 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo ponderoso volume (858 pg, compreso le note per ogni capitolo e la ricca bibliografia) è senz’altro una delle migliori biografie del Che.
Scritta appassionatamente, con una ricchezza di testimonianze di amici e compagni di guerriglia, e di citazioni dagli scritti dello stesso Che durante il suo percorso di vita e di guerrigliero rivoluzionario.
Le sue idee, convinzioni, scelte, comportamenti anche i più banali come girare con gli anfibi allacciati a metà perché sempre di corsa, l’insonnia, l
Jul 12, 2012 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi cita favorita de este libro, una reflexión del Che...

"A pesar de que uno ve a los cuadros cansados, nunca, por lo menos yo, he dicho a nadie 'descansa'.Demasiadas veces dejamos echar raíz al espíritu de autoconservación, debido a una idea errónea sobre nuestra importancia futura"

Durante su periodo como Ministro de Industria en la Cuba Post-revolucionaria.
Marcos Bolaños
Jun 25, 2012 Marcos Bolaños rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un muy buen libro para conocer un poco mas a ese personaje que muchos conocemos simplemente por su imagen y sin saber realmente lo que hizo y por lo cual es adorado por muchas personas.

Este es un libro muy completo que sin duda, vale la pena comprar en su edición de papel debido a las fotografías que contiene. El autor del libro, sin duda se esforzo en tratar de "sintetizar" la vida de este gran personaje y hacer una gran investigación alrededor de este personaje.

Sin duda, el libro me da una vis
Jun 14, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una ricostruzione accurata, a volte fin troppo, non tanto della vita quanto del personaggio, basata su un'ampia varietà di fonti diverse. Dalle testimonianze di parenti, amici, compagni fino (e soprattutto) a stralci di lettere e diari dello stesso Guevara.
Non sempre scorrevole e un po' troppo cronistico, a tratti si perde nel pettegolezzo o nelle sterili riflessioni dell'autore, ma tutto sommato mi pare una guida più che buona per chiunque sia interessato a scoprire chi era, come agiva e come s
Nov 29, 2009 Bakari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost finished with this biography. The best part is about Che and the rest of Cuba dealing the nationalization of resources and standing up to the U.S. with Soviet Union backing. I wish the entire book had been about that because there's so much that could be learned about how a people/a society become self-determined, especially under a difficult and challenging economic system like the socialist transformation of the society.
Fredda Rodriguez
Sep 04, 2007 Fredda Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maisie, Pablo, Sarah
I am currently reading this book and it is amazing. It is not only about all your learn about Ernesto Guevara, El Che, but it is also a journey through the political, economical and social history of America and Europe at that specific time.

The writer tells the story in an objective way, he does not take parts, he is only telling us how things happened based on testimonials and The Che's authentic Diaries.
justin stepney

got into aaalll things about him and surrounding him.

i mean literally - during battles it would say every single detail (w/50,000 references as well..)

almost overwhelmingly so!


still makes me wanna
Aaron Hubbard
Aug 25, 2010 Aaron Hubbard rated it really liked it
Having lived in Argentina I was interested to learn more about the man, the myth and the legend who is Che Guevara. This book answered any question I might have had about Che. I found the detailed research by the author outstanding.
Oct 09, 2016 Joaquim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O livro mais completo sobre o Che Guevara. Uma espécie de síntese histórica-diário-novela, com máximo detalhe, sobre a vida do revolucionário. Melhor comprar a [enorme] edição física, ja que inclui numerosas e muito especiais fotografias que acompanham e nutrem a história.
Manny huerta serna
Really enjoyed the book, & especially the inclusion of Ernesto Guevara's direct quotes on almost every other page.
Mar 03, 2008 Kinich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
wonderful! i learned so much and fell even more in love with him! very well written, and just over all perfect!
Jun 26, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
highly recommended
Apr 27, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mejor biografia del Che que he leido.
un libro meraviglioso ed appassionante. un grandioso lavoro di ricerca e comparazione delle fonti
I have read the Greek translation of this book, a three volume edition given through a newspaper, more than 1000 pages in quite small font. I 'm not sure how all this stuff included in this specific edition in only 690 pages, unless the page size is big enough. For the history the most common size in Greek books is 21x14 cm. It doesn't really matter, I just want to underline that it is a huge biography. Paco Ignacio Taibo certainly deserves a lot of congrats for a great research he did for writi ...more
May 17, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to dislike about this book, I don't know where to begin. Maybe with the editing and translation. There are so many mistakes that I wonder if the translator read what he put down. It's almost as if a translating computer did the first go round and then a person tried to clean it up. Words that didn't belong, sentences that seemed contradictory... Just awful. The author seems to be a pretty big Che fan so that biased things. Not necessarily a bad thing. Bios can be written by admi ...more
Rafael da Silva
Esse é um livro definitivo. Definitivo para todos que quiserem conhecer esse personagem excepcional. Um personagem que moldou a América, e o mundo, da década de 60. Personagem que até hoje é símbolo da luta contra a opressão e o imperialismo.

Che Guevara tornou-se o símbolo da revolução, do idealismo, do desejo de combater as injustiças, a tirania, o despotismo. Nesse livro você vai conhecer não um ícone, não um símbolo, não um personagem, mas o homem, o Che.

Esse livro pode não ser o ideal para
Lucía Vijil Saybe
¿Quién fue Ernesto? ¿Cuándo fue "El Che"?
No midió espacios para la revolución, no midió sus palabras, no midió si disciplina y aún más importante NUNCA midió su amor por los que le dolían y duelen aún. ¿Por qué confiaba tanto en lo jóvenes? Mueve a estos con espíritus ágiles a formarse y buscar el amor que es lo que nos guía como revolucionarios. Un internacionalista de corazón, lector por excelencia, el asma que nunca lo dejó en paz.. el que murió fusilado para que viéramos cómo muere un hombre
Martin Roberts
May 08, 2013 Martin Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am the translator of this biography (into English), and it was the most challenging of Taibo's books I have worked with, both for the scope, the subject matter and the approach. I should say that Taibo was the first historian who published details of Che's time in the Congo, which had been secret for almost thirty years. Previous biographies simply had a gap of about a year between the Argentine-born revolutionary leaving Cuba, and his winding up in Bolivia.
Anarchic Rain
Jan 25, 2017 Anarchic Rain rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mi dispiace un po', ma questo libro è scritto in maniera troppo confusionaria e sommaria (sì, nonostante le settordicimila pagine) per potermi piacere. Non posso dargli due stelline, anche se avrei potuto arrotondare a 1,5.
Feb 08, 2008 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, socialism
Loving the level of detail on this book. Paco lets Che do most of the talking. Seems very uncritical of the early days of the Cuban revolution (after Batista fled), but I don;t know enough to be sure. Need to read something to give this some background.
Apr 07, 2014 Marcklegend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vita morte e pensiero del più grande "santo" laico che ha attraversato il '900, una leggenda immortale la cui vita,l'autore ha raccontato con l'appassionata animosità che era propria anche del suo protagonista.
Gonzalo Coron
Oct 02, 2014 Gonzalo Coron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para conocer mejor a quien pertenece esa imagen utilizada innumerables veces, una de las mas reproducidas de la historia. El autor nos lleva de la mano haciendo referencia a fuentes fidedignas sobre la vida e historia de Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Dec 16, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough and dense, got a little boring in some parts but the end was fantastic and emotional and I finished feeling like I finally knew Che and not just his face.
Al Capwned
Dec 29, 2015 Al Capwned rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, mexican
Passionate writing combined with detailed information makes you feel more like reading a good novel than a biography.
Aug 05, 2009 Fabien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Passionnant, une biographie qui semble proche de la réalité, mais un peu laborieux à lire.
Mar 19, 2013 Ruby marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Paco Ignacio Taibo II, birth name Francisco Ignacio Taibo Mahojo, is a popular Mexican writer and novelist. He is the son of the late journalist Paco Ignacio Taibo I.
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