The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $11.95
  • Save: $5.24 (44%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by giggil
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Paperback – April 28, 2006


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$6.71
$3.50 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014

Frequently Bought Together

The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty (Independent Studies in Political Economy) + Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
Price for both: $20.62

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • 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: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 58 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erminio Di Lodovico on September 19, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
35 of 49 people found the following review helpful By T. Vedder on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'd wanted to read this book for a long time, but hesitated because I was unfamiliar with the author, and somewhat disinterested in it's focus on the socio-political-economic issues of South/Central America. But what a pleasant surprise!! The author is not only well read and brilliant, but a very lucid and concise writer, making the book a pleasure to read, and enlightening as well. It's an eye openeing expose of Che Guevara, and what's more, Vargas Losa's outlook and conclusions are very prinipled and applicable to North America, or any continent on earth. I highly recommend this quick and pleasurable read to everyone!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As others here have said, first part of book dealing with the myth of Che was interesting. Second part launches into a very dry exposition on South American culture and politics which I'm sure the author felt was relevant and may have been fascinating to academics who study this sort of thing, but it felt like a totally different book. I lost interest almost immediately at that point. Very strange!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Phycologist on August 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting read to contradict the usual fallacious whitewash written about Che. Not too well written. A bit disjointed. I'll need to buy and read the other critical Che biography. Evidently there are only two as far as I could find. Sad that this guy is still pawned off on many as a hero.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?