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By Patrick Symmes

Intrepid journalist Patrick Symmes units off on his BMW R80 G/S looking for the folks and areas in Ernesto "Che" Guevara's vintage Motorcycle Diaries, searching out his personal experience in addition to the legacy of the icon Che could turn into, Symmes retraces the long run revolutionary's path.  And at the method he runs out of fuel in an Argentine wasteland, talks a Peruvian guerrilla out of taking him hostage, wipes out within the Andes, and, in Cuba, beverages himself blind with Che's shuttle associate, Alberto Granado.

Here is the unforgettable tale of a wanderer's quest for foodstuff, shield, and knowledge. right here, too, is the portrait of a continent whose desires of utopia supply start not just to freedom warring parties, but additionally to tyrants whose tools comprise torture and mass killing. Masterfully precise, insightful, unforgettable, Chasing Che transfixes us with the respect of the open highway, the place guy and computing device traverse the unknown looking for the spirit's keenest wants.

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