Monday, October 15, 2007

Che Guevara: polemic icon

Ernesto “Che” Guevara died on October 9th,, 40 years ago. His work throughout Latin America, and his ideals have been a point of controversy while he was alive and even today. For some, Che Guevara symbolizes the revolution, the fight for the common good and democracy, but for others he is seen as an enemy of freedom and a supporter of extreme communist ideologies.

Something inarguable is his impact in the history of Latin America during the 20th century: he has a key role in the Cuban revolution, for example. Current political movements in Latin America still use Che Guevara’s beliefs as part of their core values.

Che Guevara has turned into a social and cultural icon that people either love or hate.

To learn more about “el Che” here are some books that you can check out from our library:

Che: a memoir

Traveling with Che Guevara: the making of a revolutionary

Back on the road: a journey to Latin America

Chasing Che: a motorcycle journey in search of the Guevara legend

Che Guevara: a revolutionary life

Compañero: the life and death of Che Guevara

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