Liberators: Latin America's struggle for independence, 1810-1830

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Overlook Press, Jun 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 524 pages
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In this "informative and inspiring volume" ( Chicago Tribune), Robert Harvey reconstructs in vivid detail the gripping story of Latin America's independence and those who made it possible. Treated with contempt by their Spanish overlords, given to dissipation and grandiose proclamations, these fearless men nonetheless achieved military feats unsurpassed elsewhere in history. The aristocratic Simón Bolívar led his guerilla armies through swamp, jungle, and Andean ice to surprise his enemies and liberate most of northern South America. The inarticulate San Martín joined Bernardo O'Higgins, illegitimate son of a Spanish viceroy, to do the same in the south. These and five others waged the war for freedom against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the American Revolution, the collapse of the Spanish Empire, and the revolutionary ferment of the nineteenth century. Despite the success of their revolutions, all seven liberators died in poverty, disgrace, or oblivion. This fascinating and dramatic story takes in a vast range of martial experience, from butchery in the torrid Orinoco basin to a cavalry fought with lances 13,000 feet up in the mountains of Peru. It is one of the greatest and least-known epics of history, told here in unprecedented detail. "A splendid old-fashioned read for those who like their history rich and romantic." ( Foreign Affairs) " Liberatorsis a lively, engaging introduction to a great turning point in the history of our hemispheric mates." ( Houston Chronicle)

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The independence of the Latin American colonies from Spanish and Portuguese rule in the first quarter of the 19th century is both a complicated and a fascinating history. One element common to the ... Read full review

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Explores the heroes that were involved in the liberation of an entire continent- a must read for any student of military affairs or history.


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About the author (2002)

Robert Harvey is a former British MP who spent nine years on the foreign staff of "The Economist," where he became assistant editor. He lives in Powys, Wales and London.

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