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February 15, 2004

Ernesto "Che" Guevara

He was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1928. His family was decidedly middle class and sent him to the University of Buenos Aires where he received his medical degree in 1953.
His social philosophy and lust for adventure led him involvement in Latin American social movements leading him to Mexico in 1954 where he allied himself with Fidel Castro and his exiled Cuban revolutionaries. After Castro gained power, Che eventually became the Minister of Industry of Cuba. He was very pro-communist and anti-American. But as his communistic leanings became tempered and focused, his disdain for Russia became as great as his disdain for American imperialism.  He left Cuba, probably forced out by Castro for his anti-Soviet stand, in 1965 and re-surfaced in Bolivia the following year involved in a failed Bolivian revolution. One year later, 10-9-67, he was captured and  shot to death  by the Bolivian Army.

Guevara wrote three books:

Guerrilla Warfare ( 1961 )
Man and Socialism in Cuba ( 1967 )
Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War ( 1968 )

Che playing chess

'You know, comrade Pachman, I don't enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play chess like you, or make a revolution in Venezuela.'   - Che Guevara  

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