When it comes to revolutionaries and political thinkers, there are two key categories. The first is full of theorists and thinker, that ponder their ideas all day and rarely take action. The second category is full of doers – people that assess their ideas, take action, and make them a reality. Few figures fit in the second category as perfectly as Argentina guerilla leader Che Guevara.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 28th, 1928, Guevara was surrounded by books from the earliest years of his childhood. The family home closely resembled a library, with over three thousand titles propped up against its bookshelves. Che quickly became a fast thinker and intellectual, taking on the city's best and brightest in chess games at the tender age of twelve years old.
At age twenty, Che set out across his continent, navigating over five-thousand miles on a bicycle fitted with a small motor. He saw crushing poverty and injustices on his trip that were far beyond those that he had seen in Argentina, radically changing his world view during his time away. Upon returning to Argentina, he gained a medical degree and sought out to change the world he lived in.