"Guevara organized a group of Cuban guerrillas in preparation for a liberation movement in Bolivia. Guevara's plan was to follow his own guerrilla warfare strategy, as outlined in Guerrilla Warfare. He hoped to use his small army to incite a revolution in Bolivia. Once victory was achieved there, he would establish a base for operations from which he could branch out across South America, spreading revolution and liberation throughout the continent. The entire operation was, however, an abysmal failure. First, Guevara and his Cuban troops never secured the trust of the Bolivian peasantry and consequently enlisted few recruits. Second, Guevara's staunch adherence to theoretically pure socialism allowed no room for compromise with the Bolivian Communist Party, which subsequently withdrew from Guevara's movement. Third, Castro ceased to support his friend when it became increasingly clear that Guevara's plans would not succeed. Finally, Guevara was in poor health and out of medical supplies. His asthma was plaguing him and his weight dropped below 100 pounds. Perhaps as a result of his ill health, the seasoned military tactician made numerous strategic errors in judgment"(Che).
In Mexico Guevara met the exiled Cuban brothers Fidel and Paul Castro, who were organizing a revolutionary movement against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara agreed to join the Castros' "26 of July Movement" as their physician and thereby became the sole non-Cuban among eighty-three guerrilla fighters who landed in Cuba in December of 1956. Critical reaction to Guevara's works generally focuses on his ideas and not on his literary style and expertise. For example, while commentators point out that Guevara's Diary presents a uniquely personal picture of his life and political idealism during his days as a Bolivian rebel leader, it is his speeches and writings that continue to attract a wide popular and critical readership. Guevara's works are additionally considered key elements in any analysis of the growth and popularity of Marxist-Socialist ideology in Hispanic-American countries."(Ernesto Guevara).
Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna was one of the most popular and well known revolutionaries in history. He stood up to things that would infuriate most if not all people affected by injustice, iniquity, unlawfulness, transgression and immorality.After his death different types of merchandise ranging from shirts to poems were made of him. Sadly the youth of today only see him as a face on a shirt, and not a symbol who stood up to the unlawful things.
Intrepid journalist Patrick Symmes sets off on his BMW R80 G/S in search of the people and places in Ernesto "Che" Guevara's classic Moto...
The summary of this book is about the author Patrick Symmes when he decides to follow of the steps of the revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. His steps include traveling on a motorcycle across South America to specific parts to where Che has been. Doing so he was able to feel, see, and experience what he did. Along the way he has his own mishaps just like Ernesto did making his experience even more personal than it was suppose to be. In the end Patrick ends up seeing what caused people to stay loyal to Che by personally meeting them. Some of those things like poverty, corruption, and hardships of the South American people drove Che's dedication to changing the government of South America.
"Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna was a controversial revolutionary figure in the post-World War II period. He was closely linked to the Cuban revolution of 1959, though his writings on guerrilla warfare were his most significant contribution to revolutionary theory and practice. Guevara saw armed guerrilla warfare as the only way to destroy imperialist forces in Third World countries and Marxism-Leninism as the means to create more just and humane societies. His interest in politics may have developed from his association with several childhood friends whose parents had been killed or exiled during the Spanish civil war. Immediately following graduation from medical school, the restless Guevara again set out across South America. The conditions endured by the lower class in several countries that he visited served to reinforce his left-wing views. Eventually his travels led him to Guatemala, where he made his "discovery" of Marxism."(Ernesto).
One of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) protagonists of the Cuban Revolution, Argentine doctor Ernesto
This website is a great source if you need a short timeline and/or briefing on who Ernesto was and everything he did. For those unfamiliar with him I'd recommend visiting this website also. The author seems to know his stuff covering everything from his early life to the legend he is today.
"Che Guevara was a Latin American revolutionary leader who rejected both capitalism and orthodox Soviet communism. After witnessing first hand American intervention during the 1954 CIA-instigated coup in Guatemala, Guevara was radicalized and became convinced that the only way to bring about change was by violent revolution. He wrote in a letter home: "Along the way, I had the opportunity to pass through the dominions of the United Fruit Company, convincing me once again of just how terrible these capitalist octopuses are. In 1966 Guevara turned up incognito in Bolivia, where he trained and led a guerrilla force in the Santa Cruz region. In his manual "Guerrilla Warfare," Guevara had stressed that the guerrilla fighter needs full support of the people of the area as an indispensable condition, but Guevara failed to win the support of the peasants, and his group was surrounded near Vallegrande by American-trained Bolivian troops. In the fall of 1997, a team of Cuban and international forensic archeologists finally located the hidden unmarked graves of Che and his companions in Bolivia. Their remains were exhumed and returned to Cuba, where they are interred in a mausoleum and memorial museum in the central city of Santa Clara, which Che liberated during the 1959 revolution. October 9, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of Che's death."(Commandante).
The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The young Che Guevara’s lively and high...
Highly recommend reading this if you are interested in the Guevara legend also. Not only has it been made into a movie and a best seller. This book is written with Che's personal notes that he made on his trip though South America with his friend Alberto Granado.
"Towards the end of his formal affiliation with the Cuban government, Che came to implicitly criticize Soviet bureaucracy. His positions put him at odds with the party line of the Cuban CP. In 1965, Che realized that the defense of the Cuban revolution and the creation of revolutions abroad were naturally not always in sync, and this ultimately led to his resignation and his return to revolutionary work abroad. During Che's subsequent revolutionary campaigns, he wrote his Message to the Tricontinental (1967) in which he openly criticized the Soviet Union; claiming that the Northern hemisphere of the world, both the Soviet Union and the US, exploited the Southern hemisphere of the world. He strongly supported the Vietnamese Revolution, and urged his comrades in South America to create "many Vietnams". In 1965 Che left Cuba to set up guerrilla forces first in the Congo and then later in Bolivia, where he was ultimately captured and killed in October 1967. Accounts of his execution have varied over the years, but many contemporary accounts indicate some degree of collaboration between Bolivia's government troops and the United States CIA."(True).
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