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Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him Paperback – August 26, 2008
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This book recounts Che's murderous role in the deaths of more than 10,000 people after the Cuban revolution. Just one story of horror involves a mother pleading for the life of her boy directly in front of Che. He listened, thought, and then picked up the phone and shouted a command for the boy to be taken out and shot immediately. He had no respect for the law. It was a bourgeois detail that impeded the revolution. When one official pleaded for a trial before a sentence of death was passed, Che shouted that the man could conduct his trial tomorrow, but that the execution had to be conducted tonight. Even when there were trials, they were just for show with the sentences already noted on the form prior to the trail. There is much of this.
That so many on the left, including many American media outlets (such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, Life, and many others), helped Castro and Che come to power should still be a matter of shame, but is never mentioned anymore.Read more ›
Sorry I didn't buy your new book. Yesterday I read
about half of of it sitting in the coffee shop of my
local bookstore. Cheapness was instilled in me during
my formative years by my chinese parents. Fortunately,
their political leanings were not and I learned to
read, think, and analyze for myself.
Thank You for writing the book! Even though it's about
Che and Cuba, it means a lot to me as well--a
Chinese-American. Any book against one dictator is a
book against ALL dictators. I imagine you must feel
the same rage seeing a Che T-shirt as I do seeing a
Mao T-shirt. It bothers me that many people do not
think twice about wearing either T-shirt, but if
somebody wore a T-shirt with the visage of Hitler,
Stalin, bin Laden, or that Virginia Tech guy it'd be
all over the news.
I don't want to be a "woe is me I'm a minority/person
of color", but unfortunately part of me does feel when
it's whites killing whites (ie Hitler, Stalin) then
those dictators are evil. When it comes to "minority"
dictators, those guys are suave, cute, cuddly, or part
of "other people's" cultures. What? Dictators are
dictators regardless of country, race, culture, or
Keep up the good work! You've given me courage now to
voice my opinion. When I see someone wearing a Mao
(and Che) T-shirt I'll be sure to set them
straight. Those images are just as offensive as the
Confederate flag or a Nazi symbol.
Having said that though...Mr. Fontova's prejudices come through, and he has a right to them. But in being so emotional, he gives his detractors something to point at and belittle. This allows people, and disingenuous reviewers on this site, to distort the book by attacking his obvious emotional bent without touching on the truth in this book. For the most part Fontova substantiates most of what he says, and some of it is truly shocking. Still, I keep coming back to my desire for a more scholarly approach to this text. The book suffers from redundancy and that again takes away from his thesis. This text is imminently readable, which I think accounts for some of the author's simplistic style choices, and I hope it serves as a jumping off point for even more scholarly research into the joke that is the myth of Che Guevara.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tis is an essential book about this lifelong murderer Che Guevara, the dirty Communist who killed thousands in the prison of La Cabana and who wanted to throw nuclear bombs on New... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Natan Avram
The real Importance of this 'cantinflenco' Ché Guevara was granted to him by
none other than Mao Zte Dong, when Guevara visited him in Beijing Mao... Read more
Fontova breaks through the mythology that surrounds Guevara and the Cuban revolution to finally bring some truth to counter the absurd legend that has been promulgated by the left... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William B. Krones
Like Fontova I cannot stand for the myth that is perpetuated concerning Che Guevara. I found the book to be obviously aggressive in addressing and debunking the myths surrounding... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DP23
Everyone interested in political science and the Cuban issue should read this book.Published 4 months ago by Bruce
I've seen criticisms of Humberto Fontova's writing style, I think they're way overblown, obviously by Guevara sympathizers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Josh M
Here in Brazil, I read this excellent book.
This book has these main qualities:
1- It really tells the truth about Che Guevara. Read more
A must read. Please do not just be a Useful Idiot, read what this man was really all about. He was a killer, a despot, and an oppressor of the Cuban people.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author wrote a very accurate book but sadly he sprinkled it with his hatred-of-liberal-baiting. I am not a fan of Che at all and I appreciate the accuracy at recording the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark A Bauman