Che The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara

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ISBN-13: 9781920888930

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Scheduled for release in fall 2007, The Argentine is the first episode of Steven Soderbergh's new two-part biopic on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as Che. This book fills in the story after The Motorcycle Diaries , wherein young Ernesto is transformed from a wide-eyed traveler to the Cuban revolutionary hero the world knows as Che. In a letter to his parents from Mexico in July 1955, Guevara writes: "One recent political event is meeting Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary, an intelligent young fellow who is very sure of himself and extraordinarily bold. I think we like each other!" After this meeting, the young Argentine sets sail for Cuba aboard the Granma as the doctor of the small group of Cubans led by Castro who are planning to launch a guerrilla war. After two years of fighting, the Batista dictatorship falls and the revolutionaries march into Havana. Highlights of the book include: Key excerpts from Che's Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War -the basis of Soderbergh's movie The Argentine The story of how Ernesto acquired the name "Che" A description of the moment Che has to choose between two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition Original photographs of the period, plus stills from the movie A movie tie-in cover Blurbs by Benicio Del Toro and Steven Soderbergh This title will also be published in Spanish this season as El Argentino (978-1-921235-48-1) The second movie in the series, Guerrilla , is based on Che's Bolivian Diary and will be released in summer 2008.
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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Ocean Press
Publication date: 1/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 171
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, to an aristocratic family of Spanish-Irish descent. He was known from an early age for his dynamic personality and radical points of view. Guevara graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree of doctor of medicine and surgery in 1953. He witnessed the 1954 CIA-backed coup in Guatemala that ended the regime of socialist Jacobo Arbenz. As a direct result, Guevara became convinced that the United States would never support leftist governments and that violent revolution was the only way to end poverty in Latin America. He joined Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement in 1956, and following the Cuban Revolution held several influential posts in the new socialist government, including Minister of Industries. In 1965, Che left Cuba for the ex-Belgian Congo to support the Marxist Simba movement, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Following his time in Africa, Guevara traveled to Bolivia to teach guerrilla warfare to native Communists preparing for revolution. He was captured during a military operation by army forces supported by the United States and executed on October 9, 1967. Guevara's remains were discovered in 1997 and relocated to a mausoleum in Cuba. Guevara had a daughter with Hilda Gadea, whom he married in 1955 and divorced in 1959, and four children with his second wife, Aleida March, a Cuban-born member of the 26th of July movement. He also had a son with Lilia Rosa Lpez. After his death Guevara became a global icon of martyrdom and a symbol of rebellion, particularly during the worldwide student protests of the late 1960s. Among his most noted written works, which include texts on guerilla warfare, socialism, and political economy, are "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Bolivian Diary," and "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War."

Ernesto Che Guevara (Biographical note)
The Argentine
Letters to my mother
Letter to my parents
Letter to my mother
A Revolution Begins
Alegria de Pio
A Famous Interview
On the March
Caring for the Wounded
On Becoming a Commander
The Murdered Puppy
One Year of Armed Struggle
The Final Offensive and the Battle of Santa Clara
What a Guerrilla Fighter Should Be
New York
At the United Nations, December 11, 1964
Selections from Che's Bolivian Diary, including
First entry: November 7, 1966
Last entry: October 7, 1967
Letter to Field, 1965
Letter to my parents, 1965
Letter to my children, 1965
Letter to my children from somwhere in Bolivia, 1966
Further Reading
Books by Ernesto Che Guevara: Che Guevara in his own words
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