Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America

Bolivar The Liberator of Latin America Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries a vast domain some square miles in extent from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then mightiest military mach

  • Title: Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America
  • Author: Robert Harvey
  • ISBN: 9781616083168
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then mightiest military machine on earth The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname the devil from his enemies His astonishing resilience in the face of military defSimon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then mightiest military machine on earth The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname the devil from his enemies His astonishing resilience in the face of military defeat and seemingly hopeless odds, as well his equestrian feat of riding tens of thousands of miles across what remains one of the most inhospitable territories on earth, earned him the name Culo de Hierro Iron Ass among his soldiers It was one of the most spectacular military campaigns in history, fought against the backdrop of the Andean mountains, through immense flooded savannahs, jungles, and shimmering deserts Indeed the war itself was medieval fought under warlords across huge spaces by horsemen with lances, and infantry with knives and machetes as well as muskets It was the last warriors war Although the creator of the northern half of Latin America, Bolivar inspired the whole continent and still does today This is Robert Harvey s astonishing, gripping, and beautifully researched biography of one of South America s most cherished heroes and one of the world s most accomplished military leaders, by any standard.

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    1. One country's demi-god can be another's historical relic. Simon Bolivar's profile in the United States is not a prominent one. Years ago there was a chapter somewhere in the elementary or middle school textbooks, but beyond that this prominent figure has not been the subject of an HBO miniseries, a biopic starring Antonio Banderas, or any such pop culture effluvia. Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America." He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, st [...]

    2. Few die having their name synonymous with a word. "Liberator" Bolivar was one. This biography’s excellent writing focuses on the aristocrat-turned-revolutionary’s spot in history. Simon Bolivar was born into a top Venezuelan family and steeped in European thought, especially the theories of Rousseau. He was of mixed heritage, European but also, most likely, of African and indigenous blood, and this helped shape his views on equality. Bolivar’s grand tour of Europe widened his thinking on l [...]

    3. A very enjoyable read about a man not too many people know about. It's hard to find books on Latin American history; glad I discovered this one. I highly recommend.

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