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Ernesto Guevara: Tambien Conocido Como El Che (Spanish) Hardcover – 2 Dec 1996

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Editorial Planeta, S.A. (2 Dec 1996)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8408019333
  • ISBN-13: 978-8408019336
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and the book gives a good account. I recommand it to anyone who wish to know more about Che Guevara.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The most enjoyable of all Che's bios 24 Oct 2002
By O. M. Suarez - Published on
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In the US, Paco Taibo II is better known within the mystery readers' crowd for his accomplished police stories with a touch of irony and a shrewd writing style. For this reason with certain apprehension I started reading this biography. In fact it was the first complete and serious Che's bio I have ever read. Later I grabbed Jon Lee Anderson's one... Of all Che's bios Paco's is the most enchanting one. It may lack the huge documention of Anderson's book, but it compensates it with an amazing style. Paco cannot divorce his own admiration of Che from his subject, but, hey, that is exactly why this book becomes so much enjoyable. I still recall grabbing the book (700 hundred pages!) one morning and going that same night to bed with the book in my hands! I couldn't stop reading it! Che's story is reflected under the light of an amazing storyteller. The episodes of Che's story are exquisitely threaded together in a masterful way. His life becomes flesh and blood in Paco's hands. The icon, the symbol of rebellion and struggle for social justice turns a man, an incredible, passionate and admirable human being throughout the book. The end cannot be better: it is ghostly but hopeful with a lot of energy and sadness and beauty: a song to Latin American history of struggle.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Tremendous Contribution 27 Feb 2007
By Henry Porter - Published on
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Taibo's book on Ché is monumental. It distresses many North Americans to discover a Ché Guevara who does not conform to the popular (and erroneous)belief systems so prevalent in the States. Taibo pays little attention to the myths and a lot of attention to facts, and weaves the information into a cohesive -- and verifiable -- story about this extraordinary person. You do not, however, want to drop this book on your foot: it's a monster...probably weighs a kilo, anyway. But the content is as solid as is the book itself; and more to the point, it is a much more human, much more aware history of Ché than any of the other Ché bios that I have encountered, in either Spanish or English. Even if you don't read the thing, but just carry it around to build up your arm muscles, having the book on the table at a restaurant or a coffee-shop can be fun: people react to it in interesting ways, as one might soon understand why there are so many Ché t-shirts and so few Henry Kissinger t-shirts, that's for sure. This thing is a tour de force, worth every penny. It may take some time to finish it, but it is worth the work to do so. You may become more haunted by Ché's vision and his results, but you will also become more understanding of him and his time...and better able to understand the tremendous changes that he brought (and continues to bring)to Latin America and the West in general. Not to be missed; and if you're lucky, you can find a copy of "Sueños Rebelde" to go along with it. Good luck, and good reading!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
reads more like historical fiction 20 Jun 2007
By rarecdsonline - Published on
Format: Paperback
the author's evident admiration for the subject destroys any faith in the objectivity
of his writing...if read as fiction by someone with a limited background, it could be
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
overly detailed account of Che's life; shadows ignored 8 Jun 2009
By C. V. Atencio - Published on
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I saw this book in a big chain bookstore and I was immediately intrigued. I do not believe in communism, totalitarian regimes or imposing your views on anyone else. I get a little surprised every time a silly model dressed in thousand dollar clothes voices admiration for "el Che". To me he was an adventurer. This book, although written with deep admiration for its subject (it is not objective or balanced and does not document too much of the dark side)), is very informative. The guy had the most exciting kind of life, regardless of his meager means. He traveled like crazy. He started out without any clear ideology, and then he showed off his inner king. He did not give a damn for the women in his life, or his babies. He would just go on with his life and leave them aside. He had a cute face but that's about it. I would only wear a T-shirt with his face on a very special occasion, e.g. to irk somebody on purpose.
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