Synopses & Reviews
This biography of Ernesto Ché Guevara (19281967) provides a penetrating look at the revolutionary leader who remains one of the most provocative and important political figures of the tumultuous 1960s. In a revelatory examination of Guevara's formative years and his family life in Argentina, James recounts how Guevara was particularly influenced by his mother, whose political views helpd forge the revolutionary consciousness that would leave such a significant imprint on the times. The author describes how, within six years, Guevara evolved from a medical school graduate to a full-blown revolutionary and how he became a crucial figure in the Cuban revolution as well as in insurgent communist movements in the Congo and Bolivia.
James analyzes the rebel icon's life and career with a critical acumen and unsparing perspective distinct from other Guevara biographers. James was the first to note that Guevara enthusiastically endorsed the many executions of anti-Castro Cubans that followed Castro's victory in 1959. It was an irony that Guevara himself recgonized as he was about to be executed in Bolivia in 1967, betrayed by the people he had come to liberate, but had fatally misread. This biography, based on numerous interviews and access to family members, also provides an intimate glimpse into Guevara's last desperate days and hours, and into the international political maneuverings that followed his execution by the Bolivian army.
"Full of revealing details." Saturday Review
"This book represents considerable research." Library Journal
Written with great care for truth and balance, this critical, in-depth biography examines the life of the controversial revolutionary and political theoretician.
Written with great care for truth and balance, this critical, in-depth biography examines the life of the controversial revolutionary and political theoretician, Che Guevara (1928-1967).
James provides an in-depth look at the Latin American revolutionary's formative years, and proceeds to examine Guevara's successes and failures in his international battles, to his desperate hours as a dying soldier.
The controversial life and career of Ernesto Che Guevara (1928-1967) has earned the revolutionary leader admirers and detractors across the world. In his critical biography, Daniel James penetrates the myths that have grown up around Guevara since his death. The biography carefully analyzes the Cold War situations in which Guevara lived and fought, and which turned the young medical student into a guerilla and political theoretician. Che Guevara: A Biography includes interviews with Guevara's first wife, and extensive information on the revolutionary's early years and family life lacking in other biographies. James also discusses Guevara's actions in Cuba as a leader in the rebel army of Fidel Castro, covering in detail Guevara's military victories, his post-war executions of anti-Castro prisoners, and his criticism of Soviet Communism. This unique and unsparing portrait of Guevara includes and an in-depth examination of his last guerilla campaign in Bolivia.
Includes bibliographical references and index.