Liberators, Patriots and Leaders of Latin America

32 Biographies, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This book features biographies of 32 of the most notable figures in Latin American history. To the 23 individuals from the first edition, consisting mostly of revolutionary, political, and military figures of the past, are added nine new biographies of contemporary Latin American presidents, providing an updated view of the region’s leadership. Several patterns run through the individual biographies. The concept of native identity is an important aspect in the stories of Malinche, Juárez, Sandino, and Zapata—profoundly affecting the politics of modern Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua. One also sees a continuing compulsion to rebel against overwhelming odds in the cases of Manuela Sáenz, Che Guevara and Daniel Ortega.

About the Author(s)

Jerome R. Adams is a freelance journalist living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Jerome R. Adams
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 403
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4284-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5552-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction      1

1. Doña Marina (La Malinche): Mother of Conquest      5

2. Pierre François Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture: Commander of a Slave Army      14

3. Simón Bolívar: Liberator of the North      25

4. Manuela Sáenz: Spirit of the Liberation      34

5. José de San Martín: Liberator of the South      47

6. Bernardo O’Higgins: Chile’s Irish Liberator      60

7. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento: Educator of a Continent      73

8. Pedro I and Pedro II, Brazil’s Emperors: Divine Right and Democracy      85

9. José Martí: Revolutionary Poet      96

10. Benito Juárez: Builder of Democracy      104

11. Pancho Villa: Political Warrior      114

12. Emiliano Zapata: Indian Reformer      120

13. Dolores Jiménez y Muro, Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza and Hermila Galindo de Topete: Women of the Mexican Revolution      127

14. Augusto Sandino: The Visionary versus the Marines      133

15. Juan Perón: Monarch of the Working Class      142

16. María Eva Duarte de Perón: Angel of the “Shirtless Ones”      151

17. José Figueres: At the Center of Latin America      161

18. Fidel Castro: Socialist Revolutionary      173

19. Ernesto “Che” Guevera: Existential Rebel      183

20. Bishop Romero: Modern Martyr      194

21. Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet: Ariel and Caliban      203

22. César Chávez: Hispanic Spartacus      231

23. Vicente Fox: Breaking the Political Mold      256

24. Néstor Kirchner Ostoic and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: Peronist Pair      281

25. Daniel Ortega Saavedra: Sandino Redux      305

26. Luís Inacio Lula da Silva: Brazil’s Diminutive Giant      329

27. Hugo Chávez: Elected Leftist      352

Chapter Notes      383

Select Bibliography      387

Index      393

Book Reviews & Awards

“especially valuable”—Library Journal; “useful”—Booklist; “uniquely conceived”—Choice; “of great value”—ARBA; “highly readable…very informative…a good addition”—Reference Reviews.