Che Guevara’s iconic status has generated enormous interest in Guevara’s life trajectory and contributions to radical political and economic theory and practice. The 30th anniversary of his death produced an outpouring of biographies, the best-known ones in English written by Jon Lee Anderson, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Jorge Castañeda, Richard Harris, David Sandison, and Paul Dosal. Numerous authors, beginning in the 1970s with Michael Löwy and Régis Debray, have examined and critiqued Guevara’s contributions to the economics of socialism and to revolutionary praxis. More recently, researchers (Michael Casey and Patrick Symmes are two examples) have analyzed the impact of the symbolism and iconography associated with Guevara (“Brand Che”). Guevara’s two journeys around Latin America — his 5,000-mile motorcycle trip in 1951 and a later trip during the second half of 1953 — have been the subject of feature films as well as docu...

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