In recent years, English-language biographies of Simón Bolívar have become more numerous; with the approach of the bicentenary of Spanish America’s wars of independence, doubtless more will be forthcoming. Some may offer groundbreaking or novel interpretations of the Liberator’s life. Others may simply recapitulate familiar episodes, perhaps amplifying on features of his infuriatingly complex character or providing us with more detail of a career impressive for his military accomplishments and controversial for his role in the political life of the new republics. In this unusual collaborative effort—a project begun by the late Jane Lucas De Grummond and completed by Richard Slatta—the authors have elected to focus on Bolívar’s military career, a choice that explains the book’s inclusion in Texas A&M University’s military history series. Given the continuing public fascination with Bolívar (particularly in president Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) and the persistent academic debates over virtually every aspect of...

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