Che Guevara: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Che Guevara: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Richard L. Harris

Language: English

Pages: 237

ISBN: 0313359164

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This concise biography of the world famous revolutionary Che Guevara provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive account available of his remarkable life, tragic death, and enduring political legacy.

• A map of Che Guevara's revolutionary operations

• Photographs

• An up-to-date annotated bibliography of the major print and electronic sources of information on Che Guevara

• A timeline of key events


















throughout the rest of Latin America and the world. Today, he is widely perceived in Latin America as "the herald" of a region-wide social revolution (Taibo 1997:10), which many Latin Americans believe is as urgently needed today as it was in the 1960s when Che gave his life fighting for this cause. In fact, the idealistic origins of this cause can be traced back to the 1800s, when many of the inhabitants of the region rose up in rebellions and revolutions against foreign domination,

guerrilla foco there. The total number of combatants in the guerrilla force stood at 39 when the first encounter between the army and Che's group took place on March 23, 1967. Most of the leadership positions were held by Cubans. Che appointed his old comrade in arms from the Sierra Maestra Comandante Juan Vitalio Acuna (code name Joaquin) as his second in command of the guerrilla force and also leader of the rearguard. He also appointed Cubans to the posts of leader of the vanguard, chief of

not regard the political authorities as enemies of the people. In view of the peasantry's increased involvement in national affairs, they perceived Che's guerrilla movement in totally different terms than he expected. Instead of supporting Che's guerrilla movement, they opposed it. For example, at the end of June 1967, the National Congress of Farm Workers issued a public declaration in which they denounced the guerrillas as an "anti-national force, financed from abroad and destined to create

with his ideals. He gave his life fighting for a brave new world that he believed he could help bring into being. It is little wonder he is admired for this. As a Latin American Catholic priest I met in Bolivia said shortly after Che's death: "To pass one's life in the jungle, ill clothed and starving, with a price on his head, confronting the military power of imperialism, and on top of that, sick with asthma, exposing himself to death by suffocation if the bullets did not cut him down first, a

Warfare: A Method." http://www. Guevara, Che. 1965. "Socialism and Man." Note this essay was first published on March 12, 1965, but it has been republished in The Che Reader: Writings on Politics and Revolution (New York: Che Guevara Studies Center and Ocean Press, 2005). Guevara, Che. 1968a. Diario del Che en Bolivia (Santiago: Punto Final). Guevara, Che. 1968b. "Guerrilla Warfare: A Method." In Venceremos: The Speeches and Writings of

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