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The Bolivian Diary: Authorized Edition (Che Guevara Publishing Project) [Kindle Edition]

Ernesto Che Guevara , Camilo Guevara
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This is Che Guevara’s last diary, compiled from notebooks found in his backpack when he was captured by the Bolivian army in October 1967 and subsequently executed. It became an instant bestseller.

Newly revised by Che’s widow (Aleida March), and including a thoughtful preface by his eldest son Camilo, this is the definitive account of the attempt to spark a continent-wide revolution in Latin America.


“Thanks to Che’s invariable habit of noting the main events of each day, we have rigorously exact, priceless and detailed information on the heroic final moments of his life in Bolivia.”—Fidel Castro


Features of this new edition include:

Preface by Camilo Guevara
Introduction by Fidel Castro

Revised translation

Biographical note


32 pp black and white photos

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Looking back on the life of his revolutionary comrade Che Guevara in his introduction to the Bolivian Diary, Fidel Castro claims that "rarely, if ever, in history has one man's image, name and example spread so rapidly and so completely". Ernesto Guevara de la Sema is the ultimate revolutionary, an icon who spawned a million T-shirts, and whose death in 1967 whilst fermenting revolution in Bolivia enshrined him as a martyr of the radical Left. In his short life Che Guevara led military revolutions in Mexico, the Congo and, most famously, Cuba, before heading to Bolivia in 1966 to establish a guerrilla movement in an attempt to overthrow the Bolivian military dictatorship.

His Bolivian Diary, first published in Cuba in 1968, is the remarkable and ultimately tragic first-hand account of Che's formation of a tiny band of revolutionaries, his attempt to proselytise the local peasants, his skirmishes with the Bolivian army, and his final shootout and cold-blooded execution at the hands of the military in October 1967. Stripped of the romantic idealism usually associated with Che, the diary is a sobering account of the drudgery, fear and monotony of guerrilla warfare. Much of the diary is taken up with the preoccupations of basic survival in the primitive conditions of the Bolivian mountains, whilst playing a tense and often ineffective game of hit and run with the Bolivian army. There are some wonderful moments, such as Che breaking off from military preparations to remember that, "I must write some letters to Sartre and Bertrand Russell..." or commandeering a jeep and running it on the urine of his guerrillas. Ultimately this is a tough, uncompromising portrait of a ruthlessly disciplined and single-minded man, relishing a conflict which "gives us the opportunity to turn ourselves into revolutionaries, the highest state of the human species". --Jerry Brotton


"Guevara was a figure of heroic proportions. These diaries, stark and moving, will be his most enduring monument." - "Observer "Che Guevara is part of the great myths of this century--our era's most perfect man." - Jean-Paul Sartre "An inspiration for every human being who loves freedom." - Nelson Mandela

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1906 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1920888241
  • Publisher: Ocean Press (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A823PFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guerilla days 30 July 2009
An ever-present aspect of Che Guevara's writing is the human touch. Ideologue he may have been, but as with The Motorcycle Diaries, he never fails to understand the person, be they friend or foe.

I've been lucky enough to visit the Sierra Maestra and it was hard enough, even for a well-nourished westerner, to trek the path used by the revolutionaries, so quite how this asthmatic and weakly young man managed to tread this path countless times, let alone march hundreds of miles and conduct a war against an enemy hugely superior in numbers, is mind-boggling.

The success of the Cuban revolution is one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and in Che Guevara, it has the narrator it fully deserves.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This diary is both an important historical document and an insight into the mind of a twentieth century icon. After his failure in the Congo, Major Ernesto Guevara was determined to suceed in his native South America. He was doomed to failure from the start. His diary shows the terrible hardships endured by him and his revolutionaries. From illness and starvation, to the deaths of comrades and friends, Che's diary documents it all. A mixture of the emotional and the ordinary. Che Guevara was assassinated by the CIA backed Bolivian army; but his death was only the beginning of the legend. Although this version doesn't include the diaries of Che's comrades it remains a must for all those wishing to find the real Che Guevara.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must. 24 April 2003
For those of us not used to reading historical accounts & text books (at least since our student days) or anyone who his only a reader of novels, this isn't the easiest of books to pick up & read. However as a text and historical dicument about one of the most compelling and magical figures of modern history, this book is an absolute must.
I recently visited Cuba and was fascinated by the imagery and importance attached to Che. It was this visit and the obvious profound effect that this man had on an entire culture that kindled my desire to learn more.
I would suggest to anyone to read a bigraphy first, but the tale of suffering, sacrifice, bravery and commitment told through Che's eye's puts the whole story into focus. Well worth the read for anyone interested in the man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War 4 Sept. 2009
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`Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War' is Che Guevara's diary of the Cuban revolution and rather than being a straight narrative, from A-Z, of the war, it is more a collection of episodes that include various battles and other aspects of war logistics. It is written with his unique short, descriptive sentences and you are quickly drawn in to the accounts on offer. The first half is the text from the original book and the second half includes various other articles and accounts he wrote afterwards that flesh out the details. The various battles are exciting to read about and his revolutionary zeal and drive show through on every page. This book also has numerous black and white photos in a middle photo plate section, as well as a comprehensive glossary that list the various combatants and key players on both sides. If you are interested in the Cuban Revolution, or Che, then this is required reading. It shows a side of the war from one man who was intimately involved and it is well written and engaging to boot. Well worth a read.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscences - Cuba 16 May 2012
By Richard
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Having just returned from a weeks tour of the northern half of Cuba I wanted to gain a further insight into the background of the Cuban Revolution as seen through the eyes of Che Guevara. I couldn't have chosen a more insightful book - fascinating reading. Having read this one I'm tempted to read further books by Che. Inspirational! Recommended for anyone planning a touring visit or someone who has just returned and wants to learn more.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and instructive 28 July 1999
By A Customer
This collection of memories conveys the excitement, zeal, possibilities, problems and limitations of Guevara's "guerilla warfare" strategy as it was practiced in the Sierra Maestra. At times, one can almost hear Guevara wheezing as he traverses the rugged terrain. It is, in general, light on ideological substance and heavy on battlefield drama. A classic nonetheless...
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars. A huge disappointment. 4 July 2015
Oh dear on the strength of this I think it's safe to say that Mr Guevara was clearly a far better medic and revolutionary than he was a writer or storyteller. I read "The Motorcycle Diaries" years ago and I found it an enjoyable enough read but this is something completely different.

Straight off the bat this book has a major and maddening failure in that it does not have a map of Cuba to illustrate the sites of all these obscure battles. I imagine most people reading this will not have an intimate and photographic memory of the island of Cuba but yet we get a glossary at the end with over twelve pages of minor and obscure characters and a background on them. A huge and frustrating failing on behalf of the publishers.

The first part shows promise in spells but then just seems to peter out and the second part descended into quite a messy affair with rambling manifestos and poor focus.

Che rambles on with no real gift for writing or imagination in his re-telling of battles and hardships. I thought it really dragged kicking screaming all the way through with no real depth, feeling or emotion. It came across as cold, detached and stoic. This may have been a long and triumphant war but it is ultimately told with all the enthusiasm of someone relating a game of paintball down the pub.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good - wish he was here!
Published 1 day ago by Mr D Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars ... an interest in che guevara then this is an excellent read, seems...
If you have an interest in che guevara then this is an excellent read, seems quite factual, unlike some of the c.i.a. propagander about che.
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from the master of the art of revolutionary warfare
Published 6 months ago by Tim Smith
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Boom boom, thanks
Published 6 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Since buying this read ot over 10 times litterally. Amazi ng book
Published 9 months ago by mrs d m gavan
5.0 out of 5 stars From Youth to Man.
I purchased this book as part of the "Diaries" series written by Guevara.
It is the perfect follow on from Motorcycle and Latin America "Diaries". Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars The revolution that made him famous
Very interesting, going through encounters during the war and plans and battles. Very enjoyable, but doesn't go through his own philosophies
Published 18 months ago by Dylan MacGafraidh
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I thought this book gave a fascinating insight into the life of a guerrilla. I felt much tension and feeling in how Guevara and his colleagues tried to overthrow the Bolivian... Read more
Published on 24 Jun. 2013 by Gwil Maltby
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