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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 ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Che is probably the most controversial figur in the 20th century. But I don't think he gets a fair shake. He is either Revolutionary Idealist or Despotic Dictator. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting book full of some pretty terrible anecdotes. Unfortunately, the book is pretty lacking in structure and comes off as a series of short survivor stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sam
Finally, the facts surrounding this idol of supposed patriots of the revolution. A collection of inconvenient truths to set the record straight that should be required reading for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trojo
This book should be required reading for anyone who is serious about learning history and learning about our media. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth
It has been long over due that someone would write the truth about this wicked evil man. the icon of the rich and stupid. N ot always well written but devastating about this man. Read morePublished 3 months ago by crassus
Bought and read the book as well as countless other books, interviews, documentaries and such on Guevara. Total right wing propaganda. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Holzman III
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 7 months 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 8 months ago by William B. Krones