The first definitive biography of Ernesto Che Guevara, the twentieth century's supreme revolutionary martyr.
Jon Lee Anderson is an American journalist and writer.
Although Ernesto "Che" Guevara was captured and killed in the mountains of Bolivia in 1967 at the age of 39, his thought and example continue to affect revolutionary movements throughout the world. Much has been written about this guerrilla fighter, ideologue, and world leader, but an adequate biography has not been available, in part because of restrictions on information imposed by the Cuban government. Assisted by Che's widow and family, journalist Anderson (Guerrillas, LJ 9/1/92) was able to interview close friends and associates of Che throughout the world, including in Russia and Cuba. Anderson also gained access to Cuban archives and documents never before consulted. He has written an important journalistic biography that is sympathetic to this influential figure. Though controversy will surround this book (as it always does when the subject is Che), this is an important volume that should be in all academic and most public libraries.‘Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo
The incredible life of the Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is documented in this thorough, compulsively engaging 1997 biography and inspiration for Steven Soderbergh's 2008 biopic. Beginning with Che's childhood in Argentina, Andersen covers every possible aspect of his subject's life-from Che's first encounter with Fidel and Raul Castro in Mexico City through the Cuban revolution to his failed attempt at reform in the African Congo-leaving no event, personal or political, unanalyzed. Armando Duran gives a brilliant performance that captures Che in all his contradictions. Duran displays his inherent acting ability in this reading that does full justice to the prose and never fails to captivate despite the near 37-hour length. A Grove Press hardcover. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Masterly and absorbing" -- Frank McLynn * The Sunday Times * "Brilliantly evoked... The portrait is now as complete as it will ever be" -- Alberto Manguel * The Times Literary Supplement * "Absorbing and convincing... an indispensable work of contemporary history" * Guardian *