Publisher description for Bolivar : the liberator of Latin America / Robert Harvey.


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Simon Bolivar freed no fewer than what were to become six countries-a vast domain some 800,000 square miles in extent-from Spanish colonial rule in savage wars against the then-mightiest military machine on earth. The ferocity of his leadership and fighting earned him the grudging nickname “the devil” from his enemies. His astonishing resilience in the face of military defeat and seemingly hopeless odds, as well his equestrian feat of riding tens of thousands of miles across what remains one of the most inhospitable territories on earth, earned him the name Culo de Hierro-Iron Ass-among his soldiers. It was one of the most spectacular military campaigns in history, fought against the backdrop of the Andean mountains, through immense flooded savannahs, jungles, and shimmering deserts. Indeed the war itself was medieval-fought under warlords across huge spaces by horsemen with lances, and infantry with knives and machetes (as well as muskets). It was the last warriors’ war.

Although the creator of the northern half of Latin America, Bolivar inspired the whole continent and still does today. This is Robert Harvey’s astonishing, gripping, and beautifully researched biography of one of South America’s most cherished heroes and one of the world’s most accomplished military leaders, by any standard.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Bolâivar, Simâon, -- 1783-1830.
Latin America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830.
South America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830.
South America -- Politics and government -- 1806-1830.
Revolutionaries -- South America -- Biography.
Heads of state -- South America -- Biography.
Bolâivar, Simâon, -- 1783-1830. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00037559
Wars of Independence (Latin America : 1806-1830) -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01355307
Wars of Independence (South America : 1806-1830) -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01355310
Heads of state. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00952677
Political science. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01069781
Revolutionaries. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01096578
Latin America. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01245945
South America. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01244515
Bolâivar, Simâon, -- 1783-1830. -- sears
South America -- History. -- sears
Heads of state -- South America -- Biography. -- sears
Bolivar, Simon, -- 1783-1830. -- sears
Bolâivar, Simâon. -- swd -- (DE-588c)4007605-2