Using Che's archives, journalist Anderson reconstructs the revolutionary's life.
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.
"Superb . . . Mr. Anderson does a masterly job in evoking Che's complex character, in separating the man from the myth . . ."--The New York Times Book Review
"Excellent . . . admirably honest [and] staggeringly researched
. . . It is unlikely that after Anderson's exhaustive contribution,
much more will be learned about Guevara."--Los Angeles Times
"[Che's] ideal, that curious mixture of resoluteness and
recklessness . . . is brilliantly evoked in Jon Lee Anderson's
massive biography which traces, with exacting precision, the
avatars of Che's epic life . . . . The portrait is now as complete
as it will ever be."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"An enduring achievement. It is hard to imagine that any [other
biography] will match the volume and detail of research here....
[Guevara's victories and failures, equally spectacular, are part of
our common history....Che lives, not only in this book, but in the
world." -The Boston Globe "Groundbreaking. . . . Anderson's
book is an epic end run around the guard-ians of the Che legend."
--The New Yorker "A masterly and absorbing account of Latin
America's famous guerrilla leader . . . Anderson's book, easily the
best so far on Guevara, is a worthy monument to a flawed but heroic
Utopian dreamer." --The Sunday Times (London) "Remarkable .
. . Anderson's account is well rounded and far from uncriti-cal . .
. [his] journalistic flair and hard legwork are evident."
--Foreign Affairs "Exceptional and exciting . . . Anderson's
up-close look, with beauty marks and tragic flaws so effortlessly
rendered, brings the reader face to face with a man whose
'unshakable faith in his beliefs was made more powerful by his
unusual combination of romantic passion and a coldly analytical
mind' . . . An invaluable addition to the literature of American
revolution-aries." --Booklist "A solidly documented
biography that succeeds, with brilliant effect, in stripping away
the layers of demonization and hero worship that for so long have
concealed the human core of this legendary figure. . . Thanks to
Jon Lee Anderson, we now have the true story, the real man, a
portrait of excep-tional substance to confound the myth and enhance
our understanding of the facts." --The Kansas City Star "Jon
Lee Anderson . . . draws upon an unprecedented wealth of new
infor-mation . . . [an] assiduously researched and perhaps
--San Francisco Chronicle "A skillful interviewer, Anderson elicited information from dozens of par-ticipants in Guevara's life....Combining contradictory sources and an immense amount of detail, Anderson produces a multifaceted view of Guevara as a person, seething with ambiguities and complexities. This is an achievement that makes Che Guevara essential for anyone seriously inter-ested in Guevara or the Cuban revolution." --The Nation "Thirty years after his death, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life gives an admirably balanced account of the Argentine adventurer, his real achieve-ments and glamorous Robin Hood appeal . . . . An excellent guide to the myth behind the martyr."
--The Independent (London) "Exhaustive and convincing." --The New York Review of Books "The best [biography of Guevara] is Anderson's epic. . . . A book that puts the evolution back in revolution, a meticulous record of this extraordinary life."
--Newsday "It is Anderson's careful research that will define Guevara for the future."
--The Denver Post "A thorough and unbiased biography of a little-understood man, dead 30 years, who remains a father figure to modern-day revolutionaries around the world . . . A book that sees the forest for the trees, and in a life as com-plicated and significant as Che Guevara's, that was no small task." --The Oregonian "Detailed . . . the book tells as much as is likely to be known about Guevara's end....As Mr. Anderson tells it, Che lives." --The Economist "The merit of Anderson's work lies not only in the richness of details, but also in its objectivity. . . . Anderson's book recounts in minute detail the chronology of an obsession." --Latin Trade "A sweeping biography of the Latino revolutionary and pop-culture hero. Anderson . . . steers clear of ideology, arguing that the Argentine-born Guevara was both a brilliant tactician and fighter and the truest represen-tative of the old international communist agitator the State Department warned us about. . . . Students of Che's life and deeds need look no farther than Anderson's volume." --Kirkus Reviews "Jon Lee Anderson has rediscovered the historical Guevara, and his authori-tative biography goes far in obliterating all the sentimental dross that has accrued around the figure of the heroic guerilla." --The New York Press "You would do well to read Jon Lee Anderson's monumental biography, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life....The book's mere table of contents could serve as the syllabus for Che l0l." --The Washington Post Book World "[Anderson] has researched diligently and has had access to much unpub-lished documentation....This biography is...absorbing and convincing because of its wealth of new information and willingness to let Guevara himself speak, in quotations from unpublished letters and diaries. . . . An indispensable work of contemporary history."
--The Guardian (London) "Five years of research and unprecedented access to friends, family and unpublished archives have allowed Anderson to fulfil his stated aim, to present the truth about Che Guevara." --Literary Review "A massive, painstaking biography of the Argentine guerilla leader who devoted his life to the ideal of a unified Latin American revolution."
--Buzz "A revealing portrait of the many Ches: the quixotic, freewheeling youth rambling around South and Central America in search of the good fight; the willful, asthmatic 'Jacobin of the Cuban Revolution'; and finally...the holy martyr of armed rebellion at age 39. . . Che lives on as a paradox of his own time and ours."
--Time Out New York "Jon Lee Anderson's authoritative new biography shows both the passion-ate idealist and the cold-hearted disciplinarian."
--Newsweek "Vividly detailed . . . Anderson weaves a compelling psychological profile of Guevara."
--The Buffalo News "Che Guevara by Jon Lee Anderson may still be the best [biography of Che] for its deft stvle and its details of Che's post-Cuba adventures. It is also the only one to carry interviews with Che's widow, Aleida."
--Pub1isher's Weekly "His biography appears to be definitive . . . . Obviously a reporter of great energy and enterprise, he scored at least two major scoops in his research: obtaining Che's uncensored diary of the guerrilla war in Cuba and discov-ering more or less where Che's body was buried in Bolivia . . . genuinely gripping."
--Harper's "[Anderson] manages to reflect his subject's 'special gleam, ' the mix of quali-ties that made the Argentine-born adventurer irresistible to those of his contemporaries bent upon the violent overthrow of governments, and a durable icon for succeeding generations of revolutionaries. Che Guevara is the best treatment of its subject to date . . . . because the patient reader can distill from it a vivid sense of Che the man."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer "Neither Casta eda nor Taibo has written the definitive biography of Guevara. If anyone has, it is Jon Lee Anderson, whose Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life appeared earlier this year." --The Boston Book Review