Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara

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Knopf, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 457 pages
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Thirty years ago, in the wilds of southeastern Bolivia, the life of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna came to a sudden, inglorious end - and an unquenchable myth was born. To this day, the mere mention of "Che" summons up a mental picture of the bearded revolutionary leader who was deeply and directly involved in the upheavals in Latin America and Africa during the 1950s and '60s. From his inclusion of such unique material as Che's teenage love letters to his detailed review of archives in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, Castaneda provides the most balanced and thorough account of Che's personal and political endeavors - neither a whitewash nor an excoriation, but biography at its best. He places each stage of Che's career in its social, cultural, and political context, and he tackles thorny questions that are crucial to understanding the entire Socialist venture: Did the Soviets help or betray Che in the Congo and Bolivia? Did Fidel Castro wish him well or hope for his demise? And, perhaps most compelling of all, how did a blue-blooded, asthmatic doctor from Argentina transcend ideology and politics to become the icon known as Che?

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Castañeda has made an amazing job describing the changing ideas and development of such a character as is El Che. Being Argentinian myself, I felt identified to the power and revolutionary ideas ... Read full review

Review: Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara

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Castañeda has made an amazing job describing the changing ideas and development of such a character as is El Che. Being Argentinian myself, I felt identified to the power and revolutionary ideas ... Read full review

Contents

Childhood Youth and Asthma in Argentina
3
Navigating Is Necessary Living Is Not
44
Under Fire with Fidel 7 8
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Copyright

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Jorge G. Castaneda is the author of several books, including "Perpetuating Power, The Mexican Shock" (both published by The New Press), and "Utopia Unarmed". Having served as Mexico's foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, he is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He divides his time between Mexico City and New York City.

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