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Bolivar

(2013)
American Liberator
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It is astonishing that Simon Bolivar, 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 Bolivar. 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, Bolivar 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, Bolivar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolivar's tragic last days. It is also a stirring declaration of what it means to be a South American.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: Bolivar: The Epic Life of the Man Who Liberated South America
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 0-297-87026-2 / 978-0-297-87026-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: Bolivar: American Liberator
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 1-4391-1019-0 / 978-1-4391-1019-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Bolivar: The Epic Life of the Man Who Liberated South America
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 1-78022-617-9 / 978-1-78022-617-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Bolivar: American Liberator
Author(s): Marie Arana
ISBN: 1-4391-1020-4 / 978-1-4391-1020-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Bolivar: American Liberator
Author(s): Marie Arana
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Bolivar: American Liberator
Author(s): Marie Arana
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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