A biography of Bolivar, man of thought and action, by an eminent Venezuelan historian. Sound and scholarly, with the simplicity that comes from a thorough grasp of the subject. Every side of Rolivar's multi-faceted character is covered here -- the general, the statesman, the intellectual, etc. His military campaigns are discussed in detail, his political activities traced through Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Fore-runner of Latin-American democracy, his curiously prophetic Jamaican Latter summarizes the future history of the continent. His political ideals were significant -- he realized that successful government must spring from the needs of the country itself, and could not be patterned after European conceptions. The chapter on his disposition and character is a four-dimensional portrait, and the whole is a broad canvas of Latin America's most crucial period, in which the titanic figure of the Liberator dwarfs hundreds of minor men. This is a clearheaded study, uncolored by excess of hero-worship, and richly rewarding to the history lover.