Bolivar (Kobo eBook)
This acclaimed military biography of the great Venezuelan revolutionary “captures the passion and frenzy of this extraordinary life” (Kirkus).
In a series of brutal wars against the Spanish Imperial military machine, Simon Bolivar freed a vast domain of South America from Spanish colonial rule—some 800,000 square miles that would become six countries. The ferocity of his leadership 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 as riding tens of thousands of miles across 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 savannas, 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 gripping and authoritative biography of one of South America’s most cherished heroes and one of the world’s most accomplished military leaders.