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Title:
Che Guevara speaks.
Author:
Guevara, Che, 1928-1967.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pathfinder, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
188 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780873489102
Format :
Book

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Central Library F1788 .G77 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

'A faithful reflection of Che as he was, or, better, as he developed'from the preface by Joseph Hansen. In twenty speeches, interviews, and letters, Guevara dissects the workings of the imperialist system with scientific clarity, unflinching truthfulness, and biting humor. Cuba has shown by its example, he says, that ?a people can liberate themselves and keep themselves free.' ?Throughout the speeches and essays the warmness of the man comes through'. Nor has his death dimmed confidence in his ideas'. This little book is a useful guide in understanding why this has occurred.'?Philip Foner, Hispanic American Historical Review. Preface by Joseph Hansen, index.


Author Notes

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, to an aristocratic family of Spanish-Irish descent. He was known from an early age for his dynamic personality and radical points of view. Guevara graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in 1953.

He witnessed the 1954 CIA-backed coup in Guatemala that ended the regime of socialist Jacobo Arbenz. As a direct result, Guevara became convinced that the United States would never support leftist governments and that violent revolution was the only way to end poverty in Latin America. He joined Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in 1956, and following the Cuban Revolution held several influential posts in the new socialist government, including Minister of Industries.

In 1965, Che left Cuba for the ex-Belgian Congo to support the Marxist Simba movement, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Following his time in Africa, Guevara traveled to Bolivia to teach guerrilla warfare to native Communists preparing for revolution. He was captured during a military operation by army forces supported by the United States and executed on October 9, 1967. Guevara's remains were discovered in 1997 and relocated to a mausoleum in Cuba.

Guevara had a daughter with Hilda Gadea, whom he married in 1955 and divorced in 1959, and four children with his second wife, Aleida March, a Cuban-born member of the 26th of July movement. He also had a son with Lilia Rosa López.

After his death Guevara became a global icon of martyrdom and a symbol of rebellion, particularly during the worldwide student protests of the late 1960s. Among his most noted written works, which include texts on guerilla warfare, socialism, and political economy, are "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Bolivian Diary," and "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War."

(Bowker Author Biography)


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