Che Guevara: A Biography available in Hardcover
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.
Che Guevara is one of the most controversial and iconic figures in recent memory and is still a hero to many. Che Guevara: A Biography provides a balanced and engaging introduction to the famous revolutionary leader. Based on original research, the biography reveals how Che's early life prepared him for leadership in the Cuban Revolution. It also explores his revolutionary activities in Africa and Bolivia, as well as the circumstances surrounding his tragic death on October 9, 1967.
More than just a record of events, the book cogently examines Che's contributions to the theory and tactics of guerrilla warfare, his ideas about imperialism and socialism, and his enduring political legacy. It includes original information on the 1997 discovery of the hidden remains of his body and on the celebration of his life and ideals by the socialist regime in Cuba. And it looks at the reasons why leftist political leaders, movements, and governments in Latin America and the Caribbean still pay homage to this charismatic man.
• A map of Che Guevara's revolutionary operations
• An up-to-date annotated bibliography of the major print and electronic sources of information on Che Guevara
• A timeline of key events
About the Author
Richard L. Harris, PhD, is professor emeritus of global studies at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Introduction: The History of a Legendary Revolutionary xi
Timeline: Events in the Life of Che Guevara xxiii
Chapter 1 Guevara's Early Life in Argentina 1
Chapter 2 The Motorcycle Diaries: Guevara's South American Odyssey 19
Chapter 3 A Call to Arms in Guatemala and Mexico 37
Chapter 4 El Che: The Heroic Guerrilla Warrior 69
Chapter 5 Che's Role in Cuba's Revolutionary Government 91
Chapter 6 Che's Contribution to Revolutionary Guerrilla Warfare 105
Chapter 7 Che's Ideas about Imperialism and Socialism 119
Chapter 8 The Secret Mission in Africa 131
Chapter 9 Che's Final Mission in Bolivia 145
Chapter 10 The Tragic Death of a Revolutionary 161
Chapter 11 Che's Diary and Hidden Remains 179
Chapter 12 Che's Enduring Legacy 193
Chapter 13 Che Vive!-Che's Continuing Influence in Latin America 205
Further Reading: Print and Electronic Sources 223