Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
6,503 (7,363)763,243 (3.64)40
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 López. 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." (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
… (more)
Guerrilla Warfare 840 copies, 12 reviews
The Bolivian Diary 723 copies, 4 reviews
Che Guevara on Global Justice 58 copies, 1 review
Self Portrait Che Guevara 49 copies, 1 review
Socialism and Man in Cuba 41 copies, 1 review
Les guerilleros (Diary essay) 21 copies
Ideario 8 copies
I giovani 6 copies
L' economia 3 copies
Cubanisches Tagebuch 2 copies, 1 review
Educación y Hombre Nuevo 2 copies, 1 review
Poemas al Che 2 copies
Breviario 1 copy
3 Combates 1 copy
Ideario 1 copy
Diario 1 copy
Dagbok 1 copy
Oeuvres 1 copy
20th century (45) @others (22) Africa (25) anthology (60) Argentina (50) autobiography (120) biography (231) Bolivia (40) Che (74) Che Guevara (195) communism (112) Cuba (214) Cuban Revolution (30) diary (93) DVD (31) guerrilla warfare (53) Guevara (28) history (270) journal (23) Latin America (228) Latin American (27) Marxism (74) memoir (202) military history (31) needs cover (23) non-fiction (337) poetry (167) politics (254) read (41) revolution (120) socialism (65) South America (147) Spanish (37) to-read (196) travel (183) unread (45) war (63) ↑LoC (38) ♠♠♥♥♦♦• (46) (48)

Che Guevara has 4 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.64)
0.5 2
1 18
1.5 5
2 69
2.5 23
3 261
3.5 64
4 356
4.5 22
5 168

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Che Guevara is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Che Guevara is composed of 33 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 170,161,531 books! | Top bar: Always visible