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The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Paperback – April 28, 2006
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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.
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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The Che essay was excellent but the two pieces on the economic history of South America made what has always blocked progress south of the border more understandable.Published 11 months ago by Stephen E. Anderson
As Vargas Llosa mentioned in the title about the myth, is not a different biography, is the same. The geopolitical and economic emphasis is really interesting for those recalling... Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by Gonzalo P. Matovelle
Be warned: This is not a book about Che Guevara, a romantic who never learned that "revolutions" only change the name on the letterhead, not any basic values. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Theodore A. Rushton
This is a short and sweet two books in one, though it's divided into four chapters. The first part is a debunking of the romantic myth of the 20th century most photogenic murderer-... Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by Gus Venegas
This is a well researched and thoughtful critique of problems with government in Latin America and a good insight of what the future of big government may hold for the west. Read morePublished on September 6, 2008 by J. C. Orvis
As other reviewers have pointed out, the book prominently displays Che on the cover but precious little information about his life. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by William