A Revolutionary Life
Jon Lee Anderson
Published by Bantam Books
1998, 832pp, ISBN 9780553406641, Paperback
Acclaimed around the world, this is the most exhaustive work on Che Guevara, the rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the Third World through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson's biography traces Che’s extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro’s government to his failed campaign in the Congo and assassination in the Bolivian jungle.
Anderson had unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevara's widow and carefully guarded Cuban government documents. He has conducted extensive interviews with Che's comrades — some of whom speak here for the first time — and with the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down. Anderson broke the story of where Guevara's body was buried, which led to the exhumation and state burial of the bones. Many of the details of Che’s life have long been cloaked in secrecy and intrigue. Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, Anderson’s book illuminates as never before a justly celebrated martyr whose life exemplifies for so many the highest qualities of struggle and self-sacrifice for a noble cause.
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