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fair, well researched, and interesting biography of Eva Peron
on 23 April 2014
This is a superbly written biography of Eva Peron which places her life, and death, into the context of Argentina's political and economic situation at the time.
Deeply distrusted by the aristocracy, who never forgave her rise from poverty to wife of the President, but adored by the poorer people of Argentinian society, Evita was a hands on politician. Her support for her husband was passionate and unwavering, and her determination, obsession perhaps, to address poverty led to her working extraordinary hours, sometimes with only 2 hours sleep, even when she was extremely ill, to drive the work of her Foundation.
Although there was an attempt to have her made a saint in 1952, this is an unlikely outcome. Her husband, Juan Peron, was excommunicated after her death-the first leader to be so since 1890. Evita was a star, mourned to an extent which seems to have surpassed the grief following the death of Princess Diana. She loved clothes and jewelry, and took centre stage in era when political wives stayed rather in the background. She brushed aside, or trampled over, opposition, built hospitals, schools, houses for the poor, and created safe havens for the victims of domestic abuse. She made a difference and her people loved her for it.
Her tragic, lingering death, and macabre treatment of her body which disappeared for 17 years bring a melancholy end to this otherwise highly entertaining book, before a more recently added epilogue examines the creation of the stage show and movie.
A great book, based on extensive original research, which explains the enigma that was Evita, and the reasons for the polarisation of opinion surrounding her life