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Author Lynch, John, 1927-

Title Simón Bolívar : a life / John Lynch
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps, portraits
Contents Out of a Spanish colony -- Lessons from the Age of Reason -- Creole revolution -- War to the death -- Touchstone of the revolution -- New strategy, new front -- Society according to Bolívar -- War and love in the Andes -- The man of problems -- The magic of his prestige -- Journey of disillusion -- The legacy
Summary Simon Bolivar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of 'The Liberator' in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolivar's story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy. The book illuminates the inner world of Bolivar, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolivar's entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the western hemisphere
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 334-340) and index
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Subject Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830.
Heads of state -- South America -- Biography.
South America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300137702 (electronic bk.)
9780300137705 (electronic bk.)
(cl. ; alk. paper)