Guevara, Ernesto ___ 1928-1967 ___ Argentinian ___ politician

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Guevara was born into a middle-class family in Rosario, Argentina, and studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1953, he moved to Guatemala, joined the pro-communist regime until it was overthrown, and then fled to Mexico, where he joined Fidel Castro and other Cuban rebels. In 1956, he acted as Castro's chief lieutenant soon after the invasion of Cuba in 1956, and then, with the fall of the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, Guevara was made president of the national bank. In the first half of the 1960s, he served as Cuba's minister for industry in Castro's government. He was a strong opponent of American influence in the developing world and a key figure in Cuba's move towards communism. In 1965, he left Cuba for Bolivia where he became involved again in revolutionary activities, but he was captured by the Bolivian army and executed. As well as several political books, Guevara also left behind some colourful diaries, one about his youthful journey with a friend through South America on a motorcycle, and the other about his activities in Bolivia.
A biography link
Wikipedia bio
The Diary Review - Che's last days

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1951-1952 1966-1967 ___ political social travel health Bolivia Chile Peru

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Bolivian Diary of Ernesto Che Guevara
The Motorcycle Diaries
 

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