Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana #Giveaway

A larger-than-life figure from a tumultuous age, Simon Bolivar ignited a revolution, liberated six countries from Spanish rule and is revered as South America’s George Washington. And yet he remains little known to North American readers, in part because there has been no first-rate popular biography of the Great Liberator – until now. In BOLIVAR, Arana draws on a wealth of primary documents to brilliantly capture early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolivar. In 1813, Bolivar launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated brief marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, and gifted writer. Arana colorfully portrays a dramatic life, even while explaining the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days. The publication coincides with the 200th anniversary of Bolivar’s first military campaign. Arana is the former editor of The Washington Post Book World and was a finalist for The National Book Award.

Title - Bolivar: American Liberator
Author - Marie Arana
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
ISBN - 978-1439110195
Pages - 624
Price - $35.00 US

Three of my readers will win a copy of this book thanks to Simon & Schuster!

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.


  1. I learned Gordon Wood gave this book a good review.

  2. Marie Arana’s book clearly describes the life of one of the greatest heroes and founders in world history. BL

  3. I love history! Bolivar sounds like such an interesting man!

  4. I learned a passionate writer can physically conquer countries!

  5. "A major work of history, Bolivar colorfully portrays a dramatic life even as it explains the rivalries and turmoil that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days."

    I'd love to win this for the school library.

  6. The author is a former editor in chief of Book World at The Washington Post

  7. The credentials and accomplishments of this author are amazing. I'm looking forward to reading her books.

  8. I learned that the Author was interviewed by NPR.

  9. She recently was interviewed by NPR. She has a section of other appearances as well.

  10. i learned that she is a guest columnist for the New York Times, Writer at Large for The Post, and Senior Advisor to the US Librarian of Congress.
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com