Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory

Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory

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Earning glory on the fields of battle, Simon Bolivar, who fought to free South America from Spanish rule from 1810 to 1825, was one of the most influential figures in Latin American history. Richard W. Slatta and Jane Lucas De Grummond bring forth the entire story of Bolivar, with special attention to the ups and the downs of his military career. Bolivar's life contained all the makings of an epic war hero repeated comebacks from defeat, flashes of military genius, tremendous mood swings, dogged persistence, a near-manic quest for glory, and fall from political grace. Egomaniacal, he strived for military might and political power. Drawing from an Immense corpus of writings left behind by Bolivar, his allies, and his enemies, the authors transport the reader back to the life and times of "the Liberator." The first biography to suggest that Bolivar suffered from bipolar disorder, Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory shows how the conflicts he fenced during the independence era set a political pattern followed by much of Latin America for the next century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 162.1 x 241.3 x 33.3mm | 721.22g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 9 b&w photographs, 5 maps, bibliography, index
  • 1585442399
  • 9781585442393
  • 874,424

About Richard W. Slatta

Richard W. Slatta teaches history at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Jane Lucas De Grummond was the first woman to teach history at Louisiana State University. Following her death and at her brother's request. Slatta updated and revised the book to its present form.show more

Table of contents

Patriot resurgence, Spanish collapse; From frustration on the llanos to victory at Boyac, 1818-19; Armistice - joining with San Martin to turn the tide, 1820-21; Delirium over Manuela and Chimborazo, 1822; Final triumph in Peru, 1823-25; Political failure to postmortem glory; Trying to hold Gran Colombia together, 1825-28; Political decline and death, 1828-30; From demagogue to demigod, 1830.show more

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