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Hunting Che: How A U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World's Most Famous Revolutionary

Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer

ISBN: 9780425257470
Hunting Che: How A U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World's Most Famous Revolutionary
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The hunt for Ernesto 'Che' Guevera was one of the first successful U.S. Special Forces missions in history. Using government reports and documents, as well as eyewitness accounts, Hunting Che tells the untold story of how the infamous revolutionary was captured - a mission later duplicated in Afghanistan and Iraq. As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision- Che had to be stopped. Major Ralph 'Pappy' Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Che's force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force. Hunting Che follows Shelton's American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Che's eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West. ' This well-written, well-documented, and fascinating book reads like a thriller.' The Washington Times 'Engrossing . . . a detailed account of the final hours of Che's life.' Booklist 'Many of the same fast-paced stylistic techniques that made a bestseller of Maurer's collaboration with Navy Seal Team 6's Mark Owen (No Easy Day) . . . A slam-bang military drama.' Kirkus Reviews Includes Photos

Author Biography

Mitch Weiss has been a manager for musical and theatrical artists for more than twenty-five years and has been a certified ATPAM manager since 1985. In addition to pop and sports icons, his management experience includes Disney Theatricals International, New York Shakespeare Festival, Big Apple Circus, and countless Broadway shows, including Tony Award winners "A Chorus Line" and "The Grapes of Wrath". A graduate of Oberlin College, he currently teaches courses in music management at New York University. Through his company MW Entertainment Group, he also directs and produces a wide variety of


"This is the real story--extremely well told--of the unraveling of a guerrilla force and the patient and heroic team work of the men who brought down the iconic myth."--Enrique Encinosa, author of Unvanquished: Cuba's Resistance to Fidel Castro "Weiss and Maurer have done it again...With memorable characters, rich detail and a fast-moving narrative, they bring us deep into the Bolivian jungle - and into a riveting story you will not want to miss." --

Ames Alexander, award-winning investigative reporter with the Charlotte Observer

"Hunting Che provides a powerful portrait of an iconic revolutionary who fell prey to his own ego and passions and a US blacks ops team hellbent on his capture -- and death."--

Michael Sallah, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post

"Veteran journalists Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer have tag-teamed on another nail-biter...They shed light on an important--largely misunderstood--operation with fairness, objectivity, and candor."--Tom Henry, Toledo-based writer and book reviewer

Product Details

Mitch Weiss, Kevin Maurer
Short Title
Berkley Publishing Group
Country of Publication
United States
Audience Age
Halftones, black and white
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