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Horse hooves drum like a heartbeat...on the very first page, and by the middle of the book, “snow-capped peaks glisten against azure skies.” All of which may be corny but, like a Technicolor swashbuckler, is dreamily entertaining.Read Full Review of Bolivar: American Liberator | See more reviews from NY Times
Arana's prose is often beautiful. A novelist turned historian, she tells Bolívar's story wonderfully, though specialists have noted factual errors and anti-Spanish bias.Read Full Review of Bolivar: American Liberator | See more reviews from Guardian
...the book disappoints. Ms. Arana...tells us that she challenged her agent by choosing to "leap" to history from fiction. The decision was unfortunate, as she has discovered no new evidence, formulated no new problems and proposed no new theories.Read Full Review of Bolivar: American Liberator | See more reviews from WSJ online
Ms. Arana is blunt in an assessment that might offend many Latins, but is nonetheless accurate. “Independence had been achieved — enlightened forms of government considered — and yet the victors had emerged with no singleness of purpose...Read Full Review of Bolivar: American Liberator | See more reviews from Washington Times
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