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Bolivar: The Epic Life of the Man Who Liberated South America

Marie Arana

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Biography: general, Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

The dramatic life of the revolutionary hero Bolivar, who liberated South America - a sweeping narrative worthy of a Hollywood epic.

Simon Bolivar's life makes for one of history's most dramatic canvases, a colossal narrative filled with adventure and disaster, victory and defeat. This is the story not just of an extraordinary man but of the liberation of a continent.

A larger-than-life figure from a tumultuous age, Bolivar ignited a revolution, liberated six countries from Spanish rule and is revered as the great hero of South American history. In a sweeping narrative worthy of a Hollywood epic, BOLIVAR colourfully portrays this extraordinarily dramatic life. From his glorious battlefield victories to his legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless and inspiring general, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist and gifted writer.

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Praise for Bolivar: The Epic Life of the Man Who Liberated South America

  • Thrilling, authoritative and revelatory, here at last is a biography of Bolivar, the maker of South America, that catches the sheer extraordinary unique adventure and titanic scale of his life with accessible narrative and scholarly judgement

  • The case for Bolivar as one of the world's most extraordinary 19th-century leaders is well made by Marie Arana ... Arana's prose is often beautiful. A novelist turned historian, she tells Bolivar's story wonderfully ... Two centuries after his death, Bolivar inflames passions that better-known characters no longer ignite. Arana's biography explains why - OBSERVER

  • I suspect that one reason why her biography is so plausible and engagingly told is that the Peruvian-born Arana is herself a writer of fiction. Like Garcia Marquez, she has an instinct for the vitalising detail ... As well, his sad and contradictory story demands a novelist's empathy - DAILY TELEGRAPH

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