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Hunting Che: How A U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World's Most Famous Revolutionary

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An iconic symbol of violent revolution, Ernesto and#147;Cheand#8221; Guevera has gone down in history as one of the most feared revolutionaries of the late twentieth century. But until now, details of his capture and execution have been told with a sympatheticand#160;eye toward the icon. Using government reports, documents, and eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che reveals how the Green Berets trained Bolivian soldiers in the spring and summer of 1967 to hunt the legendary revolutionary who was hiding in the mountainous jungles of the South American country. A sweeping narrative, Hunting Che tells the untold story of one of the first truly successful U.S. Special Forces missions in historyand#151;a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.

By the mid-1960s, Guevera had become famous for his outspoken criticism of the United States and his support for armed Communist insurgencies. He had been one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, and was attempting to repeat his success throughout Latin America. His guerrilla tactics and talent for proselytizing made him a threat to American foreign policyand#151;and when he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be eliminated.

Major Ralph and#147;Pappyand#8221; Shelton was called upon to lead the mission to train the Bolivians. With a hand-picked team of specialists, his first task was to transform a ragtag group of peasants into a trained fighting force who could also gather intelligence. Gary Prado, a Bolivian officer, volunteered to join the newly formed Bolivian Rangers. Joined by Felix Rodriguez, a Cuban exile working for the CIA, the Americans and Bolivians searched for Che. The size of Cheand#8217;s group and when they would strike were unknowns, and the stakes were high. If Bolivia fell, it would validate Cheand#8217;s theories and throw South America into turmoil.

Hunting Che follows the exploits of Major Shelton, Felix Rodriguez, and Gary Pradoand#151;the Bolivian Ranger commander who ultimately captured him. The story begins with Cheand#8217;s arrival in Bolivia and follows the hunt to the dramatic confrontation and capture of the iconic leader in the southeastern village of La Higuera. With the White House and the Pentagon secretly monitoring every move, Shelton and his team changed history, and prevented a catastrophic threat from taking root in the West.

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"The duo behind 2012's No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan team up again to recount the capture and execution of America's primary Cold War-era bête noire and the world's most recognizable rebel: Che Guevara. Along with Fidel Castro, Che helped orchestrate the Cuban Revolution and the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. His efforts would make him an idol for 1960s left-wing youth. But when Che and his guerillas turned their attention in the mid-'60s to bringing communism to U.S.-backed Bolivia, the United States decided enough was enough. A U.S. military Special Forces team was sent south to guide a battalion of Bolivian soldiers through a four-month-long crash course in fighting the insurrection. Weiss (a Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist) and Maurer (coauthor of No Easy Day) focus primarily on the American operation to take down Che, detailing the tactics and personnel involved, as well as the dramatic play-by-play leading up to the rebel's execution. The authors are palpably unsympathetic to Che and his cause, and they take a novelist's license in recreating dialogue and inner thoughts. Fans of by-the-book nonfiction will be skeptical of the docudrama prose, but for more tolerant readers, this offers an entertaining new perspective. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (July 2)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The hunt for Ernesto and#147;Cheand#8221; Guevera was one of the first successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history. Using government reports and documents, as well as eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che tells the untold story of how the infamous revolutionary was capturedand#151;a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be stopped.

Major Ralph and#147;Pappyand#8221; Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Cheand#8217;s force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force.

Hunting Che follows Sheltonand#8217;s American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Cheand#8217;s eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West.

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Synopsis:

The hunt for Ernesto “Che” Guevera was one of the first successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history. Using government reports and documents, as well as eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che tells the untold story of how the infamous revolutionary was captured—a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be stopped.

Major Ralph “Pappy” Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Ches force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force.

Hunting Che follows Sheltons American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Ches eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425257463
Author:
Weiss, Mitch
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Author:
Maurer, Kevin
Author:
Fontova, Humberto
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
World History-South America
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
s Most Famous Revolu
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 page b/w insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Latin America » Cuba
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Special Forces
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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Product details 320 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425257463 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The duo behind 2012's No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan team up again to recount the capture and execution of America's primary Cold War-era bête noire and the world's most recognizable rebel: Che Guevara. Along with Fidel Castro, Che helped orchestrate the Cuban Revolution and the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. His efforts would make him an idol for 1960s left-wing youth. But when Che and his guerillas turned their attention in the mid-'60s to bringing communism to U.S.-backed Bolivia, the United States decided enough was enough. A U.S. military Special Forces team was sent south to guide a battalion of Bolivian soldiers through a four-month-long crash course in fighting the insurrection. Weiss (a Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist) and Maurer (coauthor of No Easy Day) focus primarily on the American operation to take down Che, detailing the tactics and personnel involved, as well as the dramatic play-by-play leading up to the rebel's execution. The authors are palpably unsympathetic to Che and his cause, and they take a novelist's license in recreating dialogue and inner thoughts. Fans of by-the-book nonfiction will be skeptical of the docudrama prose, but for more tolerant readers, this offers an entertaining new perspective. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (July 2)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The hunt for Ernesto and#147;Cheand#8221; Guevera was one of the first successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history. Using government reports and documents, as well as eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che tells the untold story of how the infamous revolutionary was capturedand#151;a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be stopped.

Major Ralph and#147;Pappyand#8221; Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Cheand#8217;s force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force.

Hunting Che follows Sheltonand#8217;s American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Cheand#8217;s eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

and#160;

"Synopsis" by ,
The hunt for Ernesto “Che” Guevera was one of the first successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history. Using government reports and documents, as well as eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che tells the untold story of how the infamous revolutionary was captured—a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be stopped.

Major Ralph “Pappy” Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Ches force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force.

Hunting Che follows Sheltons American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Ches eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

 

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