Bolivar: American Liberator

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 603 pages
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It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator 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. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: 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, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar. In 1813 he 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 Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolívar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, Bolívar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolívar’s tragic last days. It is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be a South American.
  

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Review: Bolivar: American Liberator

User Review  - Brian Ross - Goodreads

Great book. The author is a Peruvian-American novelist whose family includes participants on both the royalist (Spanish) and Bolivarian (revolutionary) sides of the long drawn out liberation of ... Read full review

Review: Bolivar: American Liberator

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Much of what South America is today, both its strengths and weaknesses can be seen somewhere in the life of the great Liberator, Simón Bolívar. This is an exceptionally well-researched book, but its ... Read full review

Contents

the road to Bogotá
25
rites of Passage
32
the innocent Abroad
50
Building a revolution
76
the rise and Fall of miranda
99
Glimpses of Glory
127
the Legions of hell
149
A revolution Struggles to Life
181
in the empire of the
310
the equilibrium of the universe
337
era of Blunders
356
man ofDifficulties
406
the General in his Labyrinth
428
Epilogue
455
Acknowledgments
465
Bibliography
569

the hard Way West
204
the Way to Glory
236
the chosen
267
under the Volcanoes
284

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About the author (2013)

Marie Arana was born in Lima, Peru. She is the author of the memoir American Chica, a finalist for the National Book Award; two novels, Cellophane and Lima Nights; and The Writing Life, a collection from her well-known column for The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, DC, and Lima, Peru.

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