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by Robert Harvey

eBook Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America ePub
Author: Robert Harvey
Language: English
ISBN: 1616083166
ISBN13: 978-1616083168
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (June 1, 2011)
Pages: 416
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.8
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Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America

Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America. He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, statesman and man of common humanity he stands head and shoulders above any other figure that Latin America has ever produced and amongst the greatest men in global history. Given South America's status as perennial political delinquent and woeful economic laggard, the first half of his proposition is neither hard to argue with, nor much of a claim.

Viii, 404 . p. of plates : 24 cm. Profiles the South American general and revolutionary who helped liberate several South American countries from Spanish domination. Includes bibliographical references (p. -396) and index. The liberation of New Granada (modern Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama). Young Bolívar ; Madrid ; The longest empire ; Tremors ; Miranda : poseur, seducer, genius ; Revolutionary general ; The 'invasion' of Venezuela ; ¡Independencia! ;

Bolivar book Given South America's status as perennial political delinquent and woeful economic laggard, the first half of his proposition is neither.

Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America. He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, st One country's demi-god can be another's historical relic. It is in support of the second that Harvey, a one-time scribe for the "Daily Telegraph" and "The Economist," sets out to make a case.

Although the creator of the northern half of Latin America, Bolivar inspired the whole continent and still does today

Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries—a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent—from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth. The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname “the devil from his enemies. Although the creator of the northern half of Latin America, Bolivar inspired the whole continent and still does today.

Robert Harvey (Clwyd politician). Liberators: Latin America's Struggle for Independence (2000). Romantic Revolutionary: Simon Bolivar and the Struggle for Independence in Latin America (2011). Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain (2000). A Few Bloody Noses: The American War of Independence (2001).

Bolivar : The South American Liberator. Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries-a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent-from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth. The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname "the devil" from his enemies.

Author Robert Harvey does a good job painting an objective view of this Romantic figure. This book is a decent, easy-to-read introduction to the life of Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America. The Liberator is taken to task for betraying his mentor, Miranda and for his second revolution, which he essentially called for no quarter - death to all Spaniards and enemies of the revolution.

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In this "informative and inspiring volume" (Chicago Tribune), Robert Harvey reconstructs in vivid detail the gripping story of Latin America's independence and those who made it possible. Treated with contempt by their Spanish overlords, given to dissipation and grandiose proclamations, these fearless men nonetheless achieved military feats unsurpassed elsewhere in history. The aristocratic Simón Bolívar led his guerilla armies through swamp, jungle, and Andean ice to surprise his enemies and liberate most of northern South America

The Liberator of Latin America.

The Liberator of Latin America. Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries—a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent—from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth.

Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries—a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent—from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth. The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname “the devil” from his enemies. His astonishing resilience in the face of military defeat and seemingly hopeless odds, as well his equestrian feat of riding tens of thousands of miles across what remains one of the most inhospitable territories on earth, earned him the name Culo de Hierro—Iron Ass—among his soldiers. It was one of the most spectacular military campaigns in history, fought against the backdrop of the Andean mountains, through immense flooded savannahs, jungles, and shimmering deserts. Indeed the war itself was medieval—fought under warlords across huge spaces by horsemen with lances, and infantry with knives and machetes (as well as muskets). It was the last warriors’ war. Although the creator of the northern half of Latin America, Bolivar inspired the whole continent and still does today. This is Robert Harvey’s astonishing, gripping, and beautifully researched biography of one of South America’s most cherished heroes and one of the world’s most accomplished military leaders, by any standard.
Garne
It was well written with good background as to why Bolivar acted as he did. Details about the trials he was put thru and what he was able to get his men to accomplish, bring him to life.
Whilingudw
I highly recommend this book. Well written and expertly organized. The content on Miranda was much appreciated. Fascinating recount of amazing personalities. I highly recommend it.
Silly Dog
The biographer has given the reader a book that not only clearly gives us a thorough understanding of a great character in history but at the same time a thrilling voyage through time. My admiration of Simon Bolivar has increased exponentially as a result of reading this excellent biography
Jieylau
Great introduction to the areas history
Qucid
This is a decent book but I was expecting more after seeing how big the book looked and the reviews on the jacket. There are some great chapters in this book like I would say the first 3 or so about Bolivar's early life and the last chapter is excellent. Otherwise the book is a disappointment. My main issue with this book is that it feels more like a historical account of the revolution than a book about Simon Bolivar. After reading this book I did not feel like I knew a lot more about Bolivar than I did before which should be the goal of any half decent biography. Yes Bolivar was the central figure of this revolution and he gets a lot of the focus of this book but you don't get to know enough about him and what made him tick as a man. The book has a misleading title and is uneven in content. Many times it feels bogged down by the details of the battles that occurred during the revolution for South America's independence from Spain. Some chapters frankly were a chore to read.

One interesting thing about this book is that the author's section on Francisco de Miranda is fascinating. I feel the author would have likely written a much more interesting book about Miranda who frankly is an under-appreciated historical figure in his own right and deserves a well written text. The passage on Miranda is exactly the kind of insight I was looking for in regards to Bolivar that this book does not deliver besides in uneven spurts here and there. Solid read for a cursory overview of this revolution but not a good biography of Simon Bolivar. 3 stars.
Quashant
One country's demi-god can be another's historical relic.

Simon Bolivar's profile in the United States is not a prominent one. Years ago there was a chapter somewhere in the elementary or middle school textbooks, but beyond that this prominent figure has not been the subject of an HBO miniseries, a biopic starring Antonio Banderas, or any such pop culture effluvia.

Robert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America."

He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, statesman and man of common humanity he stands head and shoulders above any other figure that Latin America has ever produced and amongst the greatest men in global history."

Given South America's status as perennial political delinquent and woeful economic laggard, the first half of his proposition is neither hard to argue with, nor much of a claim.

It is in support of the second that Harvey, a one-time scribe for the "Daily Telegraph" and "The Economist," sets out to make a case.

The task is a challenging one, not because of Bolivar's accomplishments, which were myriad and impressive, rather due to the staggering size and complexity of the continent in question, and the subject's disappointing lapses in judgment or, worse, humanity.

Harvey's recounting is an A to Z affair, tarrying long on the young Bolivar's development as a dissolute young man privileged enough to steep in the thought of Rousseau and the Europe where his writings were all the contemporary rage.

It's a portrait of another time and a disappeared class of person groomed with patience for whatever great feats might be in the offing.

Here is the budding Liberator loping through the old country, from romance to romance, landmark to landmark, musing upon his destiny, brimming with a proprietary sense of the glory that is his due.

Early on, Harvey takes an unorthodox detour into the biography of Francisco de Miranda, a revolutionary forerunner to Bolivar, and the victim of a fatal betrayal at the younger man's hands.

Yes, the two men's destinies were intertwined. And no discussion of the continent's revolutionary period would be complete without covering Miranda's career trajectory, but this section runs so long one forgets that Bolivar is the subject at hand.

Nonetheless, Miranda's life, his jaunt through 19th century Europe in particular, was so interesting and extraordinary, it is easy to see how Harvey could not help himself.

As they say in the sporting world, "No harm, no foul."

The narrative, which conveys the scope and workings of Spain's empire, the complex social and racial components of the continent's far-ranging regions, and the endless rivalries of the warlords driving the epoch, are rendered breezily.

Mr. Harvey does not hide his admiration for Simon Bolivar, nor does he make an effort at concealing his many flaws.

A former member of British Parliament, Mr. Harvey knows well the cracked armor of any beloved public figure. He seems to understand that, for the great and ambitious man, most success is seen through a rearview mirror, while the life itself is a torturous swim from shipwreck to shipwreck.

Bolivar did not rise up, whole, to save the struggling masses of Ibero-America.

He had a strong sense that the Spanish should be booted from their colonial holdings, but his first attempt found him on the side of Venezuela's privileged "criollo" classes and at odds with a rather ferocious hodgepodge of Indians, slaves, poor whites, and any admixture of the three.

It seems that the coalition he assembled to oust the Spaniards through military violence was one of convenience that required a constant re-cobbling.

Bolivar delivered Miranda into Spanish hands and imprisonment at Cadiz, Spain, where he died. He ordered the slaughter of 800 political prisoners under his command, slept with an unseemly number of women, and subjected his armies to terrible suffering and staggering losses with mad, never-say-die, strategies.

Harvey does not whitewash or reason these excesses away, rather attempts to place them within the context of the times in which they occurred. Whether he succeeds or not will depend upon the politics and sensibility of each reader.

The first third of the book, concerned as it is with Miranda's and Bolivar's development in the hothouse of European political thought, makes for great storytelling. The second part, covering the military effort, might have fallen into the familiar memes of war reporting (feints, out-flankings, charges, and counterattacks) were it not for the staggering topography Bolivar alternately battled and turned to his advantage, and which Harvey renders with color and passion.

The final part details Bolivar's attempt at the consolidation of those places from which the Spaniards had been chased into something governable -- the Liberator as statesman and politician -- and is marked by the melancholy his lack of success wrought.

The failures signify personal shortcomings only to the extent Bolivar could not be the best in every arena he proactively strode into.

Harvey's portrait is that of a true Renaissance man who excelled as a general, but was also a fair hand at writing political tracts, wooing the ladies, dancing, and envisioning a framework for the coexistence of disparate peoples across a sprawling landmass.

It is the portrait of an interesting man living a rather breathtaking story.
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