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Re: Che Guevara

From a reader:

Hi Jonah. To your reader who asked about a good book on Che Guevara, Jon Lee Andersen’s “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life” is probably the best. Andersen is objective throughout, and is particularly good at describing Che’s intransigence and brutality during Castro’s show trials shortly after the revolution. From what I know there are no really critical books about Che, but Andersen’s is the best-researched (access to Che’s widow, documents in Cuba, etc..), and the most balanced. It does a good job of demystifying the romantic image of Che, but it also recognizes those aspects–such as Che’s charisma–that made even the Cuban-American CIA operative who oversaw his murder in Bolivia in 1967 feel a sense of admiration towards him.


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