Above all, Bolivar thought of himself as a soldier, which makes it very strange that Professor Lynch provides virtually no discussion of this aspect of Bolivar's life. There are some aspects of grand strategy, such as the discussion of Bolivar's decision to liberate Venezuela by moving to Columbia (New Granada) and invading from the southwest. But there is nothing about how Bolivar conducted himself in a battle, nothing about his tactics, his command of logistics. You will not find out anything about the character of his army -- what weapons? what balance of cavalry and infantry? And how about a little detail about the Bolivar's famous crossing of the Andes, memorialized in Napoleon-style paintings?
At one point, Professor Lynch disposes of a complete campaign by simply listing the names of seven battles -- nothing more!
I will echo some other reviewers by saying that Lynch does a good job of evaluating Bolivar's philosophy and exploring the political, social and...
Most of the reviews of this book will try to explain the history of Simon Bolivar. I wish to give you my opinion of the book. I had extreme difficulty putting it down. Lynch uses first hand accounts describing Bolivar, and you really get to know him on a personal level. Many of the other charictures come to life as well. The story is accurate and well written. Though I am just a dumb constuction worker with only a high school education, I have learned much from this book, and would even say that I have a better understanding of politics now. I was really pulled into Bolivar's life, and shed a few tears during the course of reading this book. And I'm a tough guy. My imagination has been sparked and I feel inspired. Thank you Mr. Lynch for breaking through the myth and giving us the real Bolivar. I now proclaim myself a fan of Simon Bolivar, and wish to visit his homeland in the near future. Viva el Libertador!
Very well documented book. Bolivar is a complex character living in a complex society, professor Lynch, however, created a readable story that makes easier to understand what happened and why it happened. The book shows a clear pro Bolivar stance, from a British point of view (describing in detail the experiences of Brits living close to Bolivar at the time). This book helps to rescue the true Bolivar, in a time where his name and memory is being manipulated by several dictators and populist governments in Latin America.
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