American Liberator

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A brilliant biography that "reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history" (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs ), this is the epic story of the famous South American general and statesman Sim#65533;n Bol#65533;var.

SIM#65533;N BOL#65533; VAR -- El Libertador --freed six countries from Spanish rule and is still the most revered figure in South America today. He traveled from Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains, engaged in endless battles and forged fragile coalitions of competing forces and races. He lived an epic life filled with heroism, tragedy (his only wife died young), and legend (he was saved from an assassination attempt by one of his mistresses). In Bol#65533;var , Marie Arana has written a sweeping biography that is as bold and as passionate as its subject.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, Arana vividly captures the early nineteenth-century South America that made Bol#65533;var the man he became: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, dedicated abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, Bol#65533;var not only portrays a dramatic life in all its glory, but is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be South American.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9781439110201
Characteristics: 603 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), map ;,24 cm.


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SFPL_RicardoA Jan 22, 2015

A sweeping, extraordinary biography that is entertaining and well-written. Expect no Bolivar-the-hero reflected here, but rather a true portrait of a sometimes flawed, sometimes courageous man facing impossible odds in his quest to gain independence from Spain for much of South America. Highly recommended.

Aug 01, 2013

This is historical research that reads like a novel. Most North Americans don't know anything about Bolivar, yet he was as significant and important as Napoleon, Washington, Wellington, or Brandt. Of course, if those names don't sound familiar you may not be interested..,.

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"In 1813, 200 years before the publication of this biography, Simón Bolívar began the military campaign that would eventually lead to the liberation of much of South America from Spanish rule. This vivid and thoroughly researched biography explores his family background, his youth, and his career following independence to create a nuanced portrait of this complex man, viewed both as a dictatorial strongman and as a visionary leader." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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