Sounds like essential reading for understanding South America.
- Author: Marie Arana
- Genre: biography
- Title: Bolivar: American Liberator
- Published: (2013)
- Table of Contents: 18 chapters, 468
- Timeline: 1783 – 1830
- Setting: South America
- Trivia: M. Arana won the LA Times Book Award biography 2014.
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly reading plan
- Bolivar was compared to Napoleon or Julius Caesar.
- But Bolivar realized that he could unite South America
- …freed of Spanish rule, but could not unite the South Americans.
- He had to take drastic steps: Bolivar declared himself ‘dictator’
- …in August 1828 due to growing internal conflicts among his commanders.
- As Bolivar said: “No one achieves greatness with impunity:
- No one escapes the fangs of envy along the way”. (pg 406)
- There were several assassination attempts
- …thought to be instigated by his old friend, and commander F. Santander.
- Bolivar used psychological warfare, surprise,
- …deception and fear to defeat his enemies.
- But he could…
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