Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life


This New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” is the definitive biography on Che Guevara, whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America through armed revolution. Anderson’s biography traces Che’s extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro’s government to his failed campaign in the Congo and assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

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There are many things to criticize Che for, but it’s worth getting the facts straight.

He most definitely did not hate blacks, he was a convinced anti-racist. He pushed through integrated schools in Cuba, his bodyguard and close friend Harry “Pombo” was black, he had at least one black girlfriend, he complained that Miami was racist after visiting, he fought alongside blacks in Congo and was a vocal critic of US segregation and SA apartheid. The Cuban revolution massively improved life for blacks on the island. This one is just propaganda/slander/lies.

He did apparently preside over a book burning once. (EDIT: Might have been to quick here. Not seen any solid evidence yet, not convinced either way.)

He was anti-gay to some degree, considering a decadent thing born i capitalism. The regime was cruel to homosexuals. However, there is nothing to suggest Che ever killed anyone for being gay, it wasn’t considered that bad a thing. There were harassment, imprisonment and deportation. Fidel actually eventually apologized for this, admitting they were wrong on homosexuality (in the 90s I think).

He definitely did not ban music.

He was indeed willing to kill in battle and to execute adversaries, and did so many times. He was neither a democrat nor a lover of free speech. He was a big fan of Stalin early on, but after visiting Soviet he didn’t like what he saw and changed his mind on that.

Please don’t downvote for being “pro-Che”; there are plenty of reasons to dislike the guy, there is no need to rewrite history and make up shit that is untrue.

This biography is good, and doesn’t gloss over the bad shit he did, nor the acheivements.

EDIT: He was actually more or less PRO a nuclear war US-USSR, to “wipe the slate clean” so to speak. That’s pretty fucked up.

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Jon Lee Anderson

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