by Jeff G., May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Che Guevara's face can seem ubiquitous these days. Knowing very little about him, I decided to pick up this rather hefty biography by Jon Lee Anderson. I was planning on scanning the 832-page book for the highlights, but after only twenty pages I was hooked. Jon Lee Anderson has written a very thorough and thoroughly engaging book, separating the myth from the man in an even-handed way. Anderson talked directly with as many key figures in Guevara's life as possible, including both his wives and the wife of the man who ordered Guevara's execution. Also of note is how well the author puts Guevara's life in context with US, Soviet, and South American politics. This book is highly recommended for anyone wanting to go beyond the poster image.