The Diary of Che Guevara: Bolivia: November 7, 1966-October 7, 1967


“Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (1928-1967) was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary and author (as well as a physician) who was a major factor in the Cuban Revolution. During the 1960s, he was lionized by intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Bertrand Russell, and was well-used (if not accurately known) in ’60s popular culture. This diary was written during the period of 1966-1967, when he attempted to assist the revolutionary movement in Bolivia (unaware that the anti-insurrectionary Bolivian forces were being aided by the CIA and its Special Activities Division commandos); he was captured and executed by Bolivian soldiers. Less interesting than Che’s earlier book Guerrilla Warfare, the diary nevertheless contains some interesting information: such as his note that ‘I have to write to Sartre and B. Russell to have them organize an international fund to help the Bolivian Liberation Movement.’ (Pg. 79) He receives a message requesting his authorization to put his signature on a bill ‘in favor of Vietnam, headed by Bertrand Russell.’ (Pg. 104) He states that his friends referred to him as ‘a new Bakunin.’ (Pg. 145) Perhaps the most interesting statement is, ‘this type of struggle gives us the opportunity not only to turn ourselves into revolutionaries, the highest level of the human species, but it also allows us to graduate as men; those who cannot reach either one … should say so and leave the struggle.’ (Pg. 154) Thankfully, Guevara is no longer the pop culture hero that he formerly was; but his writings can still give us insight into the mind of an intelligent and thoughtful “active” revolutionary. – Steven H Propp”
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The Diary of Che Guevara by Che Guevara. Ramparts Magazine, July 1968, pp. 11-70 – PDF

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