He became a myth in his own lifetime and an international martyr-figure upon his death; he was a revolutionary fighter, a military strategist, a social philosopher, an economist, a medical doctor and a friend and confidant of Fidel Castro. Che Guevara’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, injustice and petty nationalisms that had bled it for centuries. Che drove himself with fanatical zeal, and in the end he paid the ultimate price for his cause.
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life shuttles between 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, in a gripping tale of revolution, international intrigue and covert operations. It has an epic sweep as it evokes an era of tumultuous change, of a worldwide super-power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, manifesting itself in numerous ‘little wars’ across the globe.
Jon Lee Anderson has been given unprecedented access to the Cuban Government’s archives and has had total co-operation from Che’s widow, Aleida March, who has never previously spoken for publication about her late husband. He has obtained hitherto unpublished documents, including several of Che’s personal diaries and, in the course of his research, broke open a twenty-eight-year old mystery — the whereabouts of Che’s body in Bolivia. There is no doubt that this monumental work will stand as the definitive portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating, yet largely unexplored, historical figures.