I have been thinking a lot about Che Guevara, the Cuban revolutionary who, in his death perhaps even more than in his life, has achieved an iconic status. Three reasons underlie these thoughts. First, the recent opening of U.S. policy on Cuba and a photograph of a street mural of Che my husband took on a visit there late last year. The mural is faded, its paint chipped, and the wall on which it is painted is exposed and crumbling. Second is the openness of large segments of American youth to the ideas of socialism and revolutionary change, most evident in the supporters of Bernie Sanders. There is no doubt that, with this burgeoning progressive movement, the iconography of Che will experience a new resurgence in American popular culture. And third is a new book, The Politics of Che Guevara: Theory and Practice by...

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