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Shvoong Home>Books>Che: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Revolutionary Review

Che: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Revolutionary

Book Review   by:Kyle de Beausset     Original Author: Joseph Hart
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Che: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Revolutionary is a collection of works edited by Joseph Hart that summarizes Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s through writings from a diverse array of authors. Through friends, biographers, journalists, and Che’s own diaries Hart attempts to paint the portrait of Ernesto Guevara, both as a person, and as the legend he has become. It is primarily Guevara’s diaries and letters that are used to describe the beginning stages of his life in which he travels around South America and up to Guatemala. His transition from Ernesto Guevara to the revolutionary “Che” is described in pieces by his friends, as he is radicalizedby the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) coup in Guatemala and joins a group of Cuban’s intent on overthrowing Cuba’s dictatorship. His triumph as a guerrilla warrior is conveyed through his own manuscript on the subject, as well as an excellent piece by Paco Ignacio Taibo II on his most famous battle for the Cuban city of Santa Clara. It is chapters from his biographer, Jon Lee Anderson, that make up the bulk of the account of Che’s life in Cuba as a high level government official. His guerrilla expeditions in the Congo and Bolivia are conveyed again through his diaries. His death, and his subsequent influence is covered primarily by various journalists. Together the accounts, if not complete, at least paint an interesting portrait of Che, as well highlighting some of the more important works on the revolutionary.
Published: January 09, 2006   
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