This is the lively and highly entertaining travel diary of a youthful Che Guevara, when as a medical student in 1951 he sets out from Argentina on an unreliable motorcycle with his buddy Alberto Granado to discover the continent of Latin America.
"Das Kapital meets Easy Rider." (Times)
"A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac." (Washington Post)
..."Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'." (Eduardo Galeano)
"An extraordinary first-person account. ... It redoubles his image and lends a touch of humanity with enough rough edges to invite controversy." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. (Time)
"There is pathos in these pages -- the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges and never letting his sufferings impede him." (New Yorker)
"This candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary." (Publishers' Weekly)
"A revolutionary bestseller... It's true, Marxists just wanna have fun." (Guardian)
"What distinguishes these diaries... is that they reveal a human side to El
Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress." (Financial Times)
"This book should do much to humanize the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late '60s cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America." (The Scotsman)
Ernesto Che Guevara was a leading member of the revolutionary government in Cuba after 1959. He was appointed Minister of Industry and later, as head of the Cuban National Bank, his simple signature of "Che" on Cuba's banknotes angered the heads of international banks and finance capital who considered it a denigration of his office. - Aleida Guevara is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatric specialist in childhood allegies in a Havana hospital and is a spokesperson for the anti-globalization movement.