Simón Bolívar: A Life

Sim n Bol var A Life Sim n Bol var was a revolutionary who freed six countries an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation and a general who fought a cruel colonial war His life passions battles

  • Title: Simón Bolívar: A Life
  • Author: John Lynch
  • ISBN: 9780300126044
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sim n Bol var was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened This is the first major English language biography of The Liberator in halfSim n Bol var was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened This is the first major English language biography of The Liberator in half a century John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bol var s story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy.The book illuminates the inner world of Bol var, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle Encompassing Bol var s entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the Western hemisphere.

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    1. That he is so little known in North America obscures the fact that Simon Bolivar was like all our Founding Fathers rolled into one -- plus a winning general, which none of the Founding Fathers ever were. And instead of liberating just one country, he liberated five: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. And when he had served his role as revolutionary and liberator, he turned to nation-building. It was there he finally failed.John Lynch's biography, Simón Bolívar: A Life is a book o [...]

    2. I am fascinated by Simon Bolivar. Thanks to my Euro-Centric Education I learned so very little about Latin America. This man is the Founding Father of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Boliva (which was named after him). He was like all the American Founding Fathers wrapped up into one person. Hard to believe, but it is true. He had the Brains of Madison, Stature of Washington, Charisma of Hamilton, Tenacity of John Adams, and Prose of Jefferson. He had a dream of creating the Republic of G [...]

    3. Well, we all know that when it comes to biographies, British for some reason tend to write the best. This one is not exception: excellent research, deep understanding of the subject and the universal context surrounding Bolivar, his actions, his political views, his influences and the way he influenced others.The text manages to be concise, yet very detailed and never boring. Of course, Bolivar's incredible story helps but there are so many other biographies about the Liberator that simply do no [...]

    4. Like many North Americans, I knew nothing of Bolivar other than Hugo Chavez likes to invoke the Liberator's memory to give him cover. Long story short, he liberated modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from Spanish rule between 1810-1826. He spent 1826-1830 trying to govern, and got run out of each, accused of being a tyrant. He died weeks/months later of TB at the age of 47, unsure that it was all worth it. Bolivar was a fascinating character who was a revolutionary as far [...]

    5. -Cuidado con lo que se desea porque se puede llegar a conseguir.-Género. Biografía.Lo que nos cuenta. Concienzudo y académico repaso (no exento de flemática ironía en algunos momentos) a la figura de Simón Bolívar, desde su infancia en un entorno acomodado y próximo a la administración colonial hasta su resignado final, pasando por la visita a Europa que tanto marcó su personalidad pública y sus anhelos políticos, su camino hacia la revolución en Latinoamérica y la revolución mism [...]

    6. A very thorough and objective view of Simon Bolivar's life. The book serves not only as a biography but also as a roadmap to the war of independence of South America. Lynch shows Bolivar as a military, a politician, a citizen, a philosopher and a human being. He explains very clearly his ideas and personality. Ultimately, Lynch makes a great analysis of Bolivar's legacy, how his ideas have endured time and how politicians have perversed them for their own gain. With a massive amount of historica [...]

    7. I finally changed this to "read" because although I only made it through about half the book, it has been passed along and likely I'll never get it back. Bolivar is incredibly interesting, and if you are a history buff (especially SA history) this book will be great for you. I like history, but this book was really dense with extrordinary detail that I found tedious. Great book, just not my cup of tea.

    8. Took me forever to finish this biography, but I enjoyed learning about Simon Bolivar. I don't think I learned anything about Latin America when I was younger. Lynch did a great job of researching and writing about his life and the war to the death.

    9. From the opening pages the reader gets the feeling that John Lynch is devoted to the subject matter, and he is knowledgeably qualified to write the book—he is Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies at London University, and although titles do not automatically qualify the individual, Lynch's reputation and output are without reproach, and deserving of praise.In this publication, Lynch's extensive research, and bibliography, help him present the hero, Simón Bolívar, with flaws and all, [...]

    10. History deep, thorough, and well written, with Bolívar shown as a brilliant charismatic creole, and a 7th generation Venezuelan (a country named after Venice, Italy!). Not easy going early since Lynch delves deeply into political theory, economic conditions, Spanish policies, slavery, creole society, and major political changing times. It's a rich broth of history, a singular scholarly achievement.The years 1810 to 1830 were dramatic, and Bolívar moved from country to country creating liberal, [...]

    11. I read this book after living in Bolivia and writing my first novel, The Cochabamba Conspiracy, which takes place in and around Cochabamba, Bolivia, and as background for my next novel in which Bolivar himself is a central character.This is a biography written by a historian and published by the Yale University Press. Lynch does his best to present the material in a readable fashion, as opposed to dry fact after fact that some historians insist on doing. There is an extensive bibliography which [...]

    12. Lynch's bio on "El Libertador" is easy to follow as he keeps the narrative going on Bolivar's herculean efforts of liberating and settling five countries. Lynch does a good job revealing both Bolivar's strong and weak points so that you get a good feel for who he is and how he thought. For someone who has traveled to Venezuela many times without much knowledge of their history or their patria padre, I found this volume very helpful in providing the background to the man and his time. More than t [...]

    13. John Lynch does another excellent job of preparing a biography on a Latin American dictator. Simon Bolivar's life was a contradiction from his rise to power as the liberator of Latin America to his downfall as a dictator. Bolivar would free four countries during his rise to power, have a nation named after him and introduce liberalism to an entire continent. Unfortunately in the process his jealously and paranoia would create a dictatorship that would rival any in Latin America. His cult of pers [...]

    14. It might be helpful to say that I was interested in this topic but did not choose this book. I wrote home from Colombia asking for english language books on a few general topics related to the country. Finding English language books that are not on the bestseller list is almost impossible and they're unbelievably expensive (I saw a paperback bestseller for $45 in a country where you can buy a very filling lunch for $2.)The topic of Bolivar and the revolution was something I was really interested [...]

    15. En mi opinion es un libro con mucho valor historico y de un personaje emblematico. Todo un personaje que vivia por lograr un ideal, no valor economico o material, ni siquiera vanidad o orgullo. Que dejo una posicion de la burguesia de Caracas para tratar de lograrlo. El ideal sigue vigente. Una Latinoamerica unida. Y que fue contemporaneo de Napoleon Bonaparte (al cual conocio) Pero tiene un error el libro, que no tiene narrativa de novela y se hace pesado al leerlo, esta mas entretenido el de G [...]

    16. OMG, how dry can a biography be. But there is not much out there. This does however, give one a nuanced if unsatisfying view of who Simon Bolivar, a product of his time, even beyond his time. A man of greatness with an ego to match. Provides a fascinating context for why South America is the way it is. After reading this book, it is not clear to me that there was any other path for this part of the world.

    17. Una biografía un poco más objetiva que las que nos tienen acostumbrados en los colegios. Realmente Chávez si era la perfecta muestra de un bolivariano: Ansiosos por el poder, capaz de traicionar al que fuera y sobretodo egocéntrico.

    18. A thorough, learned but at stages somewhat dry account. Bilvar and early 19th century LatinAmerica certainly is a worthwhile study and Lynch has a sure hand on the wheel as he guides the reader through the colorful and dramatic life of the Liberator.

    19. Super god biografi om latin Amerikas store befrier. Bogen er godt skrevet og fortalt, her vægtes både handlinger og ideologier samt bevæggrunde.

    20. From this book, I gleamed that Simon Bolivar was Inigo Montoya and "The Most Interesting Man in the World" all rolled up into one. John Lynch is the ultimate fan boy.

    21. Fantastic biography. Shows what a brilliant, selfless general Bolivar was, but also shows up his less than politically correct views on race and democracy without judging. Go John Lynch!

    22. Brutal, creo que cada persona que haya nacido en Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Bolivia debería leerlo y entenderlo, de esa manera tal vez se entiendan a sí mismos. John Lynch es un maestro.

    23. Somewhat tedious at times but a very good explanation of why Simon Bolivar is called the liberator. A lot more to the story than I ever knew.

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