Date Of Birth:
14 June 1928
Date Of Death:
9 October 1967
Place Of Birth:
Best Known As:
Latin American Marxist revolutionary
Name at birth: Ernesto Guevara de la SernaErnesto "Che" Guevara worked and studied medicine in various parts of Latin America before teaming up with Fidel Castro in 1959 to force a revolution in Cuba. After the revolution, Che Guevara was second only to Castro in power and served in several posts in the Cuban regime. In 1965 he left Cuba and traveled the world as a fomenter of revolution, working unsuccessfully toward Marxist/Leninist takeovers in the Congo and Bolivia. In Bolivia he was captured by U.S.-backed military troops and executed in 1967. Guevara was known for his flamboyance and ruthless dedication to revolution, and his successes and untimely killing made him an anti-capitalist icon in the 1960s and beyond. Guevara wrote the books Guerrilla Warfare (1961) and Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (published posthumously in 1968).
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