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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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A brilliant biography that and#8220;reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of historyand#8221; (Walter Isaacson, author of andlt;Iandgt;Steve Jobsandlt;/Iandgt;), this is the epic story of the famous South American general and statesman Simand#243;n Boland#237;var.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It is astonishing that Simand#243;n Boland#237;var, the and#8220;Great Liberatorand#8221; of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin-American history. Throughout his heroic life, he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses), and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In 1813 Boland#237;var launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated marriage and legendary love affairs, Boland#237;var emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;An and#8220;energetic and highly readable tellingand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The Los Angeles Timesandlt;/Iandgt;), andlt;Iandgt;Boland#237;varandlt;/Iandgt; and#8220;offers a clear-eyed assessment of the ideals, alliances, and human frailties that drove Boland#237;varand#8217;s choices and shaped the Americasand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/Iandgt;).

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SIMand#211;N BOLand#205; VAR and#8212;andlt;I andgt;El Libertadorandlt;/Iandgt;and#8212;freed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today. He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in endless battles and forged fragile coalitions of competing forces and races. He lived an epic life filled with heroism, tragedy (his only wife died young), and legend (he was saved from an assassination attempt by one of his mistresses). In andlt;I andgt;Boland#237;varandlt;/Iandgt;, Marie Arana has written a sweeping biography that is as bold and as passionate as its subject.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, Arana vividly captures the early nineteenth-century South America that made Boland#237;var the man he became: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, dedicated abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, andlt;I andgt;Boland#237;varandlt;/Iandgt; not only portrays a dramatic life in all its glory, but is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be South American.

About the Author

Marie Arana was born in Lima, Peru. She is the author of the memoir andlt;iandgt;American Chicaandlt;/iandgt;, a finalist for the National Book Award; two novels, andlt;iandgt;Cellophane andlt;/iandgt;andandlt;iandgt; Lima Nightsandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;The Writing Lifeandlt;/iandgt;, a collection from her well-known column for andlt;iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Washington, DC, and Lima, Peru.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439110201
Author:
Arana, Marie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Arana, Marie
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-8pp b/w insert
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
234.95 x 155.575 mm

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Biography » Historical
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"Synopsis" by , SIMand#211;N BOLand#205; VAR and#8212;andlt;I andgt;El Libertadorandlt;/Iandgt;and#8212;freed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today. He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in endless battles and forged fragile coalitions of competing forces and races. He lived an epic life filled with heroism, tragedy (his only wife died young), and legend (he was saved from an assassination attempt by one of his mistresses). In andlt;I andgt;Boland#237;varandlt;/Iandgt;, Marie Arana has written a sweeping biography that is as bold and as passionate as its subject.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, Arana vividly captures the early nineteenth-century South America that made Boland#237;var the man he became: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, dedicated abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, andlt;I andgt;Boland#237;varandlt;/Iandgt; not only portrays a dramatic life in all its glory, but is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be South American.
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