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Che: A Graphic Biography

by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón

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Finally I have made it through a biography of Che. You see his image on everything from t-shirts to posters to buttons. People wear his face without really knowing what he is all about. I used to have a poster of him that my parents brought back with them from their trip to Cuba in the 70s. But who is this man?

This book reveals Che's life from his birth in Argentina to his death, by execution, in Bolivia. The in between is the interesting part. Che is the embodiment of the "revolution". He lived his life and died his death for the cause of the people. For this, he is deemed to be a hero. Were his struggles worthy of his zeal? Was his death, the abandonment of his family for the cause...were they all worth it?

This book allows you to see his life, through the images and the text and decide for yourself. ( )
  rapago | Aug 19, 2010 |
The graphic format is especially well-suited to these geopolitical sequences, in which multi-page spreads are used to connect the dots between historical events and nations to give a compact but extremely informative tour through the complex story of Latin American colonization and independence as well as the Cold War.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809094924, Hardcover)

A symbol of counterculture worldwide, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable and influential revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. From the pages of history textbooks to silk-screened T-shirts at Urban Outfitters, his mythologized face is positively unavoidable. But what, exactly, does this glorified image stand for?
 
During his life, and perhaps even more since his death, Che has elicited controversy and wildly divergent opinions as to who he was and what he represented. In Che: A Graphic Biography, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón—the graphic duo who made the 9/11 Commission Report understandable in their bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation and who most recently explained the ongoing war on terror in After 9/11—have come together again to give a real portrait of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. Following Che from his fabled motorcycle journeys with Alberto Granado as a young medical student to his eventual execution at the hands of Bolivian soldiers and CIA operatives, Che: A Graphic Biography not only provides a concrete time line of his life but also gives a broader understanding of his beliefs, his legacy, and Latin American politics during the mid-twentieth century.

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A portrait of the iconic revolutionary, presented in the form of a graphic novel, covers his fabled motorcycle journeys with Alberto Granado, his efforts as a young medical student, and his execution.

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