Simón Bolívar: A Life

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 349 pages
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Simón Bolívar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles, and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of "The Liberator” in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolívar’s story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy.
The book illuminates the inner world of Bolívar, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolívar’s entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the Western hemisphere.  

 

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Contents

OUT OF A SPANISH COLONY
1
Family Friends and Neighbours
7
A Youth of Independent Means
16
Old Spain Young Love
18
LESSONS FROM THE AGE OF REASON
22
Political Awakening
24
A Spanish American in the Age of Revolution
28
Bolivar and the Enlightenment
31
Citizen Soldiers
156
The Bolivarian Economy
159
WAR AND LOVE IN THE ANDES
167
Conference in Guayaquil
171
Defence of the Revolution
175
Manuela Sáenz
178
Into Peru
183
Junin and Ayacucho
192

Return to Venezuela
39
CREOLE REVOLUTION
41
1808 the Critical Year
44
The London Mission
49
Independence Declared and Destroyed
54
War with Spain and with Nature
57
The Defeat of the First Republic
63
WAR TO THE DEATH
65
The Western Front
68
War by Terror
72
The Liberator
75
CounterRevolution
81
Exit and Exile
88
TOUCHSTONE OF THE REVOLUTION
91
The Caudillos
98
Confrontation with Piar
102
The Tactics of Race
108
An Army for Liberation
110
A New Challenge
113
NEW STRATEGY NEW FRONT
119
Reinforcements and Reappraisal
122
A Second Front
124
Boyacá
129
Tensions after Triumph
132
Carabobo
139
SOCIETY ACCORDING TO BOLIVAR
143
Continuity and Change
146
Bolivarian Society
151
THE MAN OF PROBLEMS
197
The Bolivarian Enlightenment
201
The Lost Purity of his Principles
209
An Ever Greater America
212
A Deal with the Devil
217
THE MAGIC OF HIS PRESTIGE
226
Quest for Strong Government
230
The Road to Ocaña and Power
232
The Assassins
240
Foundations of the Faith
244
JOURNEY OF DISILLUSION
250
Sombre Thoughts from Guayaquil
259
Monarchist Friends Republican Enemies
262
The Exodus
266
Farewell to Power Salute to Glory
270
Journeys End
273
THE LEGACY
280
Ideas and Ideals
284
The Realist of the Revolution
287
Paths of Glory
292
Dynamics of Leadership
295
The Cult of Bolivar
299
Notes
305
Bibliography
334
Glossary
341
Index
343
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John Lynch is emeritus professor of Latin American history and former director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.

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