A larger-than-life figure from a tumultuous age, Simon Bolivar ignited a revolution, liberated six countries from Spanish rule and is revered as South America’s George Washington. And yet he remains little known to North American readers, in part because there has been no first-rate popular biography of the Great Liberator – until now. In BOLIVAR, Arana draws on a wealth of primary documents to brilliantly capture early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolivar. In 1813, Bolivar launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated brief marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, and gifted writer. Arana colorfully portrays a dramatic life, even while explaining the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days. The publication coincides with the 200th anniversary of Bolivar’s first military campaign. Arana is the former editor of The Washington Post Book World and was a finalist for The National Book Award.
Title - Bolivar: American Liberator
Author - Marie Arana
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
ISBN - 978-1439110195
Pages - 624
Price - $35.00 US
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