Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
Grove Press, 1997 - 814 pages
After World War II, as the postcolonial world exploded in independence movements and armed insurrections, there emerged a handsome, dashing champion of the poor and dispossessed, an Argentine doctor named Che Guevara. Che's dream was an epic one: to unite Latin America and the rest of the developing world through armed revolution and to end once and for all the poverty and injustice he saw there. Anderson's biography traces Che's life and death from the revolutionary capitals of Havana and Algiers to the battlegrounds of Bolivia and the Congo, from the halls of power in Moscow and Washington to the exile havens of Miami, Mexico, and Guatemala, revealing Che's crucial role in an era of tumultuous change. Jon Lee Anderson, working over the last five years, has had unprecedented access to Che's personal archives through the cooperation of his widow, obtaining previously unpublished diaries and other important documents. He also gained access to Cuban government archives formerly sealed to outsiders and interviewed scores of Che's closest friends and comrades, some of whom are speaking here for the first time. In Moscow, Anderson met with former KGB officials who worked with Che; in Havana, Cuban spymaster Manuel Pineiro, mastermind of Cuba's guerrilla programs, spoke for the first time ever; in Bolivia and in Miami, Anderson unearthed secrets from the guerrillas who fought with Che and from the CIA men and army officers who hunted him down.