A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend
An account of driving my motorcycle across South America, on the trail of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, guerrilla icon. As a student in 1952, Che traveled South America for eight months.
I retraced much of that trip 44 years later, looking for the same people and places, and visiting some of the other scenes of his youth, his wars, and his death. I found farmers, guerrillas, and professors who knew him. I wrote about the roots of his radical ideas, and the guerrillas who still follow him a generation later. En route I fell off the motorbike, got drunk on moonshine, masqueraded as a priest, shook hands with lepers, and supped with smugglers.
My motorcycle trip took four and a half months, through four countries, from sea level to sixteen thousand feet, across deserts and in guerrilla zones. Covering all my obsessions from Shining Path terrorists to Patagonian trout fishing, with liberal doses of ambush tactics and electrical repairs, this book should, at very least, explain what the hell I was doing down there for so long.
Chasing Che was published in the US (2000), the UK (2001), Holland (2001), and Italy (2002).