Liberators by Robert Harvey
Latin America's Struggle for Independence

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In this "informative and inspiring volume" (Chicago Tribune), Robert Harvey reconstructs in vivid detail the gripping story of Latin America's independence and those who made it possible. Treated with contempt by their Spanish overlords, given to dissipation and grandiose proclamations, these fearless men nonetheless achieved military feats unsurpassed elsewhere in history. The aristocratic Simón Bolívar led his guerilla armies through swamp, jungle, and Andean ice to surprise his enemies and liberate most of northern South America. The inarticulate San Martín joined Bernardo O'Higgins, illegitimate son of a Spanish viceroy, to do the same in the south. These and five others waged the war for freedom against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the American Revolution, the collapse of the Spanish Empire, and the revolutionary ferment of the nineteenth century. Despite the success of their revolutions, all seven liberators died in poverty, disgrace, or oblivion.

This fascinating and dramatic story takes in a vast range of martial experience, from butchery in the torrid Orinoco basin to a cavalry fought with lances 13,000 feet up in the mountains of Peru. It is one of the greatest and least-known epics of history, told here in unprecedented detail.

"A splendid old-fashioned read for those who like their history rich and romantic." (Foreign Affairs)

"Liberators is a lively, engaging introduction to a great turning point in the history of our hemispheric mates." (Houston Chronicle)
 

About Robert Harvey

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Robert Harvey is a former British MP who spent nine years on the foreign staff of "The Economist," where he became assistant editor. He lives in Powys, Wales and London.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by John Murray Pub.. 561 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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etc.) presents an ambitious account of the seven men who swiftly and defiantly liberated Latin America from centuries of Iberian rule: Francisco de Miranda, Sim n Bol var, Jos de San Mart n, Bernardo O'Higgins, Lord Thomas Cochrane, Augustin de It rbide and Pedro de Braganza.

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London Review of Books

Bolívar certainly believed that ‘the specific actions of individuals,’ as he wrote in 1815, ‘can produce general results, especially in times of revolution.’ Be that as it may, the heroes of Latin American independence fully deserve reinstatement as the important players they were once seen to be...

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