Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara by Jorge G. Cataneda

There was no person more feared by the company (CIA) than Che Guevara because he had the capacity and charisma necessary to direct the struggle against the political repression of the traditional hierarchies in power in the countries of Latin America.

—Philip Agee, CIA agent from 1957–1968 [1].

Ernesto Guevara, more famously known as ‘Che’ Guevara was an Argentine born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader. He was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. His stylized military beret cap has become a global insignia of counter-cultural rebellion and a symbol of resistance against oppression.

He was killed in the jungles of Bolivia and his body was displayed like a deposed Christ. But Che became a revolutionary hero from the streets to cuba to the cities across Europe, Africa and Asia.

This extraordinary biography is based on the material from many authentic archives. It reveals to us the restless struggle of the charismatic and perhaps the most iconic of guerilla figures of recent times. The author, Jorge G. Castaneda details Che’s life from his childhood in Argentina where he was born in a middle class family. He investigates the reasons and environment that lead and transformed the legendary Che into a revolutionary.

The books delves deep into Che’s association with Fidel Castro and how even after securing Cuba they developed critical differences. Guevara ultimately left Cuba for congo where his expedition met failure. He proceeded to Bolivia and was ultimately killed by the Bolivian Army. Although, Che Guevara was killed only at the age of 39 but he is still seen as undying symbol of revolution.

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