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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Lifeby Jon Lee Anderson
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REVISED AND UPDATED THROUGHOUT Jon Lee Andersons definitive and acclaimed biography of Che Guevara manages to transcend the myth of Che and portray in unrivaled detail a complicated human being. In his quest to discover who the real Che was, Anderson moved to Havana and gained unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Ches widow. He spent months with Ches old friends in Argentina, where Che was born into an aristocratic family and went to medical school. He interviewed Ches comrades from battles fought in Cuba and the Congo and Bolivia, and he talked to figures on both sides of the Cold War, in Moscow and in the CIA.
The book completes the epic saga of an extraordinary life. In 1995, Anderson broke the story of how Ches body had been secretly hidden after his assassination in Bolivia in 1967. He recounts how the body was finally recovered, thirty years after the murder, brought back to Cuba, and interred in the place Che had won his most famous battle in the Cuban revolution. Meticulously researched, Andersons book reveals many details of Ches life that were long cloaked in secrecy and intrigue. This edition, which has been carefully revised and updated,
Acclaimed around the world and a national best-seller, this is the definitive work on Che Guevara, the dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Andersons biography traces Ches extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castros government to his failed campaign in the Congo and assassination in the Bolivian jungle.
Anderson has had unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevaras widow and carefully guarded Cuban government documents. He has conducted extensive interviews with Ches comrades—some of whom speak here for the first time—and with the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down. Anderson broke the story of where Guevaras body was buried, which led to the exhumation and state burial of the bones. Many of the details of Ches life have long been cloaked in secrecy and intrigue. Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, Che Guevara illuminates as never before this mythic figure who embodied the high-water mark of revolutionary communism as a force in history.
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