Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
Born in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was raised among the elite of Argentine society, but became friends with children of the poor class and learned of their suffering. In 1952 he took a six-month motorcycle journey around South America, where he saw the poverty and injustice, hurrying him on the path to becoming a revolutionary. After joining Fidel Castro in Mexico, Che became a crucial leader during the Cuban revolution and remained in power as minister of industry. Following the Cuban Revolution, he traveled the world inciting revolution, but ultimately disappeared from public view. The end of his life was spent attempting to start a revolution in Bolivia, where he was caught and executed. In life Che was a political contradiction standing up for the poor, while supporting harsh dictatorships. In death, he is a symbol of the brave revolutionary.
Che Guevara: You Win or You Die is a comprehensive view of the life of Che Guevara. The experience of Stuart Kallen as a nonfiction writer makes this book clear and unbiased for readers. The book contains pertinent images, maps, definitions of words unfamiliar to adolescent readers, a timeline, glossary, and list of who’s who. The text is understandable to readers who are interested in the era of communism and the role Che Guevara played in it. This book is suitable for young adult readers. The subject matter is heavy, and contains images of Guevara after he was executed. Those interested in history will find this book a useful source of unbiased information regarding such a controversial historical figure.
*Contains mild violence.