Exposing the Real Che Guevara

Exposing the Real Che Guevara

And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him

Book - 2007
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A critical biography of the iconic communist revolutionary, and an expos of the liberals who lionize him, Cuban exile Fontova shows that Che wasn't really a gentle soul and a selfless hero but a violent Communist and perpetrator of atrocities.
Publisher: New York : Sentinel, 2007.
ISBN: 9781595230270
Characteristics: xxx, 224 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Mar 06, 2016

When Fidel Castro observed widespread mourning among his counterculture camp followers in the West, he realized he could revamp the reputation of his deceased jailer, Che Guevara, and continue his Revolutionary sales pitch. The ideal of a revolutionary purist and peasant-rallying guerilla fighter has enthralled Che's admirers ever since; but it's also infuriated many Cubans, both in-country and in exile. Humberto Fontova has written this book to correct the record.

If even half his points about Ernesto "Che" Guevara are true, then the iconic guerilla was a harsh commander unable to retain the loyalty of Cuban, Congolese, or Bolivian fighters, who was in over his head when confronted with actual battle. Instead, Che's strength was his savage will to exterminate Castro's enemies, whether real, imagined, or potential, at Cuba's La Cabana prison. According to the accounts Fontova relates, Guevara delighted in the blood sport of the firing squad, watching it in action, or participating in it himself. The humanitarian Che, consequently, was a posthumous fiction. At times Fontova's focus drifts into other abuses by the Castro regime in which Che was not involved. Still, these make cautionary reading about its character following Guevara's death. Castro was still Castro, even after he decided to get rid of Che. Neither was nor is good.

A reviewer elsewhere remarks that Fontova's book is a first good effort toward a more scholarly, in-depth treatment of Che Guevara, told not from Havana's records but from the perspective of his victims. If Fontova's done a good job in breaking the ice, and he has, then a devastating tome expanding the theme could bring Che Guevara's personality cult to a badly overdue end.

It could also delve where Fontova merely glances. For example, it might reconstruct the dark apotheosis that turned a motorcycling medical student into the hate-driven murderer who wrote "I really enjoy killing!": events from Che's pre-Cuba career, which Fontova mostly ignores. Perhaps it could explore the privileged, vacant mindset in the West which finds Guevara's image so compelling. Fontova forwards an exchange with guitarist Carlos Santana, whose adoration of Che comes off as mentally impaired. What void in their personnae makes this killer so attractive? He gives them so little to defend.

FINAL NOTE: a book vandal scrawled a "warning" in the table of contents, urging readers to seek out other biographies of Che Guevara. In fact , Humberto Fontova responds to these works, notably that of Jon Lee Anderson, providing answers and alternate accounts. The book vandal's objection is in pencil and could be erased, but I let it stand with the hope anyone reading it will proceed to the text and get the answers this person hoped to dissuade. The dissipation of the Che Guevara icon's been a long time coming. It starts here.

Aug 26, 2014

Quoting Wikipedia: “Humberto Fontova (born 1954) is a Cuban-American author, blogger, political commentator, and conservative polemicist. Ardently anti-communist, many of his works involve using historical revisionism to correct the record to what he contends is the unreported and accurate point of view. Fontova is a frequent contributor to several right-wing websites and has made a guest appearance on the Glenn Beck Program and Fox News show Hannity and Colmes.” ....... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humberto_Fontova

Feb 29, 2012

A much-needed slap in the face for those of us who only see a noble, ascetic peasant-loving rebel when we see the infamous face of Che on shirts and posters. Fontova documents and footnotes his assertions and includes excerpts from interviews with Cubans who fled Che's murderous kangaroo court and slave labor camps. This book is a must read, and I will be buying a copy for my home library.

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