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Che Guevara
A Life
Nick Caistor

published 2009 • 6" x 9" • 148 pages • 30 b&w photos
ISBN 9781566567596 • paperback • $15.00

An accessible and well-researched biography that explores the life and ideas of an iconic revolutionary.

“At Last, at last, a biography of Che Guevara for grown-ups! Nick Caistor, well-known for years as a commentator on Latin America for the BBC, has produced a study of a man who is all too often treated either as a plaster saint incapable of doing wrong or as some devil from the deepest pit of Marxism-Leninism. Caistor portrays him with sympathy and elegance as what he was, a human being with doubts and weaknesses, which he combined with a devotion to the world’s poor.”
—Hugh O’Shaughnessy, journalist

Argentine by birth, Ernesto “Che” Guevara came to embody the spirit of the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro. Guevara spent two years fighting in the sierras of Cuba, and after the revolutionaries’ victory became one of the leading members of the government as well as one of Castro’s closest and most controversial associates. Also an important writer, Guevara constantly developed ideas about how to spread anti-imperialist revolution throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Guevara made a huge contribution to theories of socialism, predicting the emergence of a “new man” who would represent what for him were humanist values of the Cuban revolution. His later years took him to Africa, in search of another guerilla war, and finally to a tragic end in the mountains of Bolivia.

Che Guevara was someone who showed few contradictions between his life and his writing, and his example continues to win admirers among new generations anxious to explore ways of changing their world.

Nick Caistor writes and broadcasts widely on Latin America and Cuba. He is the author of numerous books, including Mexico City: A Cultural History (Interlink).


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“One of the most iconic figures of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara wasn't even born there. "Che Guevara: A Life" is a biography of the legendary Cuban revolutionary, telling his life story, of how the Argentinean came to Cuba and made his biggest impact there, and how he went throughout South America fighting various guerrilla movements against imperialism in South America. Looking at the man who lived by his word and the controversy that surrounds him, "Che Guevara" is a choice pick for biography collections.”
—Midwest Book Review


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