A biography of Simon Bolivar, The Liberator, which concerns itself as much with the pen as it does with the award, with the country as much as the man and which ranges in style from a torrid tom-tom-lag of description to a detailed and critical analysis of events and personalities. The career of the architect of freedom ranges from years as an exotic led through a Rousseau-based education by Simon Rodgriguez, to a European tour as a provincial prince, to the association with Miranda and the debate of the 1806 attempt for a republic and then to the shaping of the dedicated man alone dream was a united country. Expelled four times in five years, Bolivar went from year-achievement to failure and was the man of the moment to persuade and fight, to be patient as well as fiery, and to be the first president. With the dissension and separa activities under his short rule, once again his fortunes failed him, as did his wealth. This is a prolonged, close scrutiny of feats of arms and a forging of character In a work world ready for a new order, of a national waking at a time of political upheavals, and offers a sympathetic, understanding portrait.