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  • Series: Independent Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute; annotated edition edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598130056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598130058
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is the director of the Center on Global Prosperity at The Independent Institute, the coauthor of The Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, and the author of Liberty for Latin America.

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Alvaro Vargas LLosa is a non-fiction writer and journalist. He was born in Peru in 1966 and lives in Washington DC. He writes in Spanish and English, and his books have been published in several languages. He also authored a documentary series on Latin American contemporary history for National Geographic that has been shown in some 100 countries. He has won numerous awards and was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute and a champion of classical liberal ideas.

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Argyriou on June 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This slim volume by the son of Mario Vargas Llosa is really two books in one, though it's divided into three parts. The first part, which will sell this book to a large audience, is a debunking of the romanticism of Latin America's most celebrated thug. This is a very useful and worthy bit of work, though it could benefit from more depth, since Che left plenty of evidence of his depravity and the depravity of his ideology to draw upon.

The second and third parts are a discussion of Latin America's economic and political problems, from a very broad perspective. Unfortunately, the author does not connect the problems or his solutions to Che terribly well - while any serious person would realize that Che wasn't fighting to overthrow the system of privilege and pull endemic to Latin America, but merely to replace the people in charge with his own people, the second part of the book doesn't make much effort to draw a connection between the persistence of Latin American mercantilism and the pseudo-revolution promoted by Che and his admirers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erminio Di Lodovico on September 19, 2007
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As a Latin-American, I very much enjoyed the book. Some of the ideas expressed were interesting and I agree with, some don't. But the main intention in buying the book was to learn more about "Che", and my surprise was that "Che" was not there. He was present in less than a third of the book, in a excessive "compressed" way, and it even wasn't the most interesting part of the book. It looked more as a "bait" to get more people into buying the book. As I said, is a good book, but if you are looking for "Che", he will not be there.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on August 2, 2006
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First off, this is a very short book (79 pages). The first chapter deals with the life of Che Guevara. Che since his death has become a legend. The reality of his life are blood stained hands. Che executed a lot of people. This happened both during the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath. Che was not someone you would want your daughter or sister dating. He was a killer, but somehow his persona has assumed the legend of underdog and hero.

The following two chapters talks on how Latin America has been mismanaged economically and politically since independence. Both the left and right have instituted statist economies in their countries. The rule of the strongman has corrupted the political system. Corruption and the lack of followed laws has also undermined the capitalistic system in Latin countries. Few countries (except for a brief time Argentina) have followed the course of capitalism. The result are very poor countries with a small elite controlling the resources. These chapters relate how following a capitalistic economy these countries would not be poor and mismanaged.

The writing on these final two chapters are pretty heavy. This is not for everyone. The one chapter on Che was an enticement to read the following two chapters. That is why this book is not for everyone.
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34 of 48 people found the following review helpful By T. Vedder on September 22, 2006
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It shouldn't be too hard to find a book that is critical of a loser like Ernesto Guevara, but it is. This book finally counters much of the romantic clap-trap that exists about the murderous, anti-freedom, hate-filled hypocrite, but it's certainly not ideal. I'd like more info abot his life and his work and his "teachings" overall, but most of the more exhaustive biographies are stricly the aforementioned sentimental clap-trap. This book is a little too short and branches out into areas I'm not really interested in, but it gets 4 stars simply for being a good attempt and the FIRST attempt at honesty regarding this horrible man.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William on February 11, 2008
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As other reviewers have pointed out, the book prominently displays Che on the cover but precious little information about his life. Che's influence and despotism could easily fill a large volume. This book was a disappointment in that it barely touches on such an important historical figure. I'm hoping a better treatment is in the works somewhere. The "Progressive" world needs to know that one of its major heroes was, in fact, a murderous maritinet - and a dismal failure as a human being.
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