The Journey Begun

Abby Zimet

On this day in 1952, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, a young Argentinian
medical student, began a nine-month, 8,000-mile motorcycle journey
through Latin America. Riding an old bike he and a biochemist friend
dubbed La Poderosa, the Mighty One - and hitchiking when it
broke down - Guevara took notes on the people he met and the poverty he
saw, returning home dedicated to armed revolution. His memoir, The Motorcycle Diaries, was the result. Jon Lee Anderson's sweeping biography, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, offers a fuller look at the journey and the man.

 "I will be on the side of the people ... I
will take to the barricades and the trenches." - Guevara in his diary.

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