Che Guevara

You Win or You Die

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

October 9, 1967. World-renowned revolutionary Che Guevara is dead at the age of thirty-nine.

The charismatic Argentinian revolutionary had been leading guerilla fighters in the jungles of Bolivia and was captured by the Bolivian army. Mario Terán, a sergeant in the Bolivian army, volunteered to execute the prisoner. He carried out the bloody assignment with nine point-blank shots to Guevara’s body.

Around the globe, reactions to the assassination were mixed. In Cuba, where Guevara had helped overthrow a brutally repressive dictatorship in 1959, more than one million people mourned openly. But in the United States and elsewhere, many business leaders and government officials were relieved. Guevara’s anti-capitalist movement sought to strip big businesses of their land and power. He wanted to set up socialist systems to spread wealth and resources among ordinary workers—in Latin America and all around the world. To the rich and powerful, Guevara was a dangerous threat.

In this chronicle of an assassination, find out what inspired the myth of Che Guevara and what brought him to this bloody crossroads of history.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 10.3
BISACS YAN006070, YAN025060, YAN038060
Dewey 980.03'5092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 1090
ATOS Reading Level 8.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 154497
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Timeline


Library Media Connection

“This book would be a great resource for information about Latin America and to teach students the importance of primary sources.” —Library Media Connection


“Interspersed with quotes from his diary entries and from CIA files and newspaper reports over the years, Kallen’s narrative is objective and clear, and the accessible design includes numerous photos and screened inserts, which are fully documented in the extensive back matter. Teens reading for research or personal interest will be drawn to the icon, the action, and the issues.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“The narrative is accessible and compelling, and a solid introduction to the life and times of Guevara, providing both detail and context to a complicated, thoughtful man… A solid choice for any library.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Through its focus on one major figure, Kallen’s fascinating work explores a large segment of 20th-century history. Maps, photographs and sidebars are excellent… A fine introduction to Latin American history and the ideas of capitalism, socialism and communism.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Stuart A. Kallen

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.