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Che's Companeros: Witnesses to a Legend [Paperback]

Francis Giacobetti , Mauricio Vicent
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Last year, numerous publications (e.g., Jorge Casta?eda's Compa?ero, LJ 10/1/97) marked the 30th anniversary of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara's execution by the Bolivian military. Since most have been academic biographies, it is somewhat surprising to see a coffee-table book such as this one. The idea was to photograph 21 acquaintances of Che presently living in Cuba who had been with him during different periods of his revolutionary activities. Along with the lush recent photos taken by French photographer Francis Giacobetti, there are earlier pictures of each person taken with Che. A brief one- or two-page description of the person, including anecdotes concerning his or her relationship with the Cuban revolutionary leader, round out the text. Worthwhile for its pictures and not the information in the brief descriptions, this book would be valuable only for libraries with strong Cuban research collections.?Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 out of 5 stars just another book trying to sell Che March 17 2004
Che was a monumental character - flamboyant and selfless. He is a hero to generations (may be Ashcroft will arrest me for writing this). So many people try to make money out of Che's image and life - and this book is one such book in the long list of books about Che. There is not a single word that is new and there are no actual interview just quotations here and there. Even the pictures of Che that are in this book are available in other publications.
You get to see some of the Che's cohorts at their old age. Their portraits are fine and that is why I gave it 2 stars otherwise I would have given it one star.
One thing to notice is the proudness of these people especially when it is related to Che. To them Che is God - after 40 years they still love him and regard him as a brother or some family member but alas that was Che's magnetic character. I have never heard about anybody who met Che and was not impressed. When you compare him to today's politicians he makes them look like laughing stocks (like Bush and Blair). He led his wars from the front.
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