Che Guevara: Hero or Villain?
March 24, 2010 3:47 PM   Subscribe

Hey, I'm interested in finding sites that discuss the positive and negative aspects of Che Guevara as a historical figure. They don't necessarily have to be ambivalent; editorials are definitely ok and might even be better since I'm interested more in the debate itself rather than specific historical facts. Examples might look like this or this
posted by bookman117 to Human Relations (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This article from the Houston Press might have something.

A Darker Look at Che's Revolution
posted by MexicanYenta at 6:39 PM on March 24, 2010

There is the biography by John Lee Anderson, which is supposedly to be diligently researched and even-handed.
posted by Pantalaimon at 8:12 PM on March 24, 2010

The Spartacus site's Che Guevara page is probably your best spot for a lefty take; they link to others at the bottom, including's Che Guevara Archive.

Among historians I don't think there's really any controversy: Guevara was a brutal, murdering monster.

What a completely ridiculous way to not answer the poster's question.
posted by mediareport at 8:28 PM on March 24, 2010

Among historians I don't think there's really any controversy: Guevara was a brutal, murdering monster.
I absolutely agree. Unfortunately, I have to write a paper over the subject of whether Che Guevara was a "villain or a hero", and before I write the paper I have to find ten arguments for both sides and then highlight five of the best ones before going on to write my actual essay. Really stupid assignment. Thanks guys.
posted by bookman117 at 10:44 PM on March 24, 2010

There's no left consensus on Guevara: anarchists and the libertarian left have no great love for him; conversely, any 'historian' who reduces his life to that of a 'brutal, murdering monster' would probably have less of interest to say on the subject than the most hardline Stalinist hagiography.
posted by Abiezer at 3:28 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

That was the best article I've seen on him in a while. Thanks a bunch, Abiezer.
posted by bookman117 at 8:08 PM on March 25, 2010

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