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Bolívar

American Liberator

By Marie Arana

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar. In 1813 he 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 Amazon jungles to the Andes mountains. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolívar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, gifted writer, and flawed politician. A major work of history, Bolívar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolívar’s tragic last days. It is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be a South American.

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2013

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1439110190


Format: Book
Author: Arana, Marie
Summary: An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of nineteenth-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist, and diplomat.
Title: Bolívar : American liberator / Marie Arana.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Subject: Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830 Heads of state -- South America -- Biography South America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830
Isbn: 1439110190 9781439110195
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Format: Book
Author: Arana, Marie
Summary: An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of nineteenth-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist, and diplomat.
Title: Bolívar : American liberator / Marie Arana.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Description: 603 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830
Subjects: Heads of state -- South America -- Biography
Subjects: South America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [469]-580) and index.
LCCN: 2012034661
ISBN: 1439110190
ISBN: 9781439110195
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: B Bolivar