Books: Liberator

MAN OF GLORY: SIMÓN BOLÍVAR—Thomas Rourke—Morrow ($3.50).

For millions of South Americans the greatest man who ever lived was Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacio, liberator of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Panama. Simón Bolívar (pronounced See-moan Bow-lee-var) has inspired litanies like those to the saints. His tomb at Caracas—the "Pantheon"—is almost as much a religious as a national shrine. Venezuela's President Contreras reputedly goes there to pray.

North Americans not only do not share this hero-worship, they probably know less about Bolívar than about any national hero in history....

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