Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 198 pages
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The story begins in a dusty village lost in the Argentine pampas, where a girl, born out of wedlock, scrambles her way to the capital city by the time she is fifteen. It ends with the embalmed corpse of Eva Peron being hidden away by nervous politicians for fear that if the working people of Argentina knew where it was buried, it would inspire them to revolution.In between Eva Peron became first the actress Eva Duarte, then the mistress of Colonel Peron, then, in October 1945 after the "shirtless ones" had swept Peron into office, the president's wife. In the colorful, tumultuous setting of postwar Argentina, she wielded a power--spiritual and practical--that has few parallels outside of hereditary monarchy. She was literally idolized by millions but was hated and feared by many as well. She became Evita, the legend."

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User Review  - Woody - Goodreads

The history, particularly her background and upbringing, was fascinating. The writing is a bit clunky though and Evita Peron's remarkable story does not flow well in this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Emmylou - Goodreads

This was a well written, engaging and thought provoking book. It was very easy to read - I started reading this after having abandoned another book because it was so dull I kept falling asleep. I ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Nicholas Fraser has worked as a journalist for The Times (London), the Sunday Times (London), and the BBC.

Marysa Navarro is a professor of history at Dartmouth College and has published a number of articles about Evita and Peronism.

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