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Liberators: South America's Savage Wars of Freedom 1810-30: Latin America's Struggle for Independence, 1810 - 1850 Paperback – 18 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New Ed edition (18 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841196231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196237
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An account which rattles along with the pace of a novel.' -- News Letter, Northern Ireland, November 2, 2002

'Robert Harvey's splendid narrative brings this [Simon Bolivar] flawed genius, and those who fought alongside him vividly to life.' -- Mail on Sunday, October 27, 2002

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Hugely acclaimed account of South America's seven heroes

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This book is widely praised as a sparkling account and has been compared to Hollywood epics and dramatic fictions - in other words, it is a series of rattling good yarns of derring do, an attractively old-fashioned piece of history writing. And so it is, as Simon Bolivar leads his army up yet another mountain pass on his way to victory over an astonished enemy or the betrayed Bernardo O'Higgins fights his way out of Rancagua against impossible odds. All this is told with as much clarity as panache, though I found my lack of knowledge of South American geography (the map are a partial help) sometimes impaired my understanding. The view of the book as the life stories of seven adventurers, however, does Robert Harvey somewhat less than justice. His interweaving of disparate, but over-lapping, stories is masterly and his summaries of the liberators' legacies goes a long way towards making sense of South American history.
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This book covers the history of the "Liberators"-the revolutionaries who freed Latin America from colonial rule. At times savage, at times enlightened, these men, and the countless women in their lives, changed history. The author tells the stories of their inter-connecting lives at a fast but informative pace, making for an entertaining read, which left me wanting more. I can recommend this book for those who like history to come alive.
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I found this account of the 7 Liberators of South America to be a fantastic read. The scale of the protagonists exploits is epic, as were their achievements. However, it also documents their downfalls and shortcomings in equal measure. Harvey writes with great energy and pathos, but is as ready to criticise as he is to compliment.

The book follows Miranda, Bolivar, O'Higgins, Lord Cochrane, Iturbide, San Martin and Pedro of Brazil as they toil through tragedy and triumph. Harvey manages to capture them all well and my interest never wavered through this sizeable work.

My only criticism is that the maps could be a bit better and more numerous and it definitely helps to have an understanding of Latin American geography.

Overall a fantastic overview of this dramatic period in Latin American history.
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