The Delirium of the Liberator: Biography of General Simon Bolivar

Luis Villamarin
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 Numbers speak for themselves. During his life as politician and warrior, General Simon Bolívar went over a distance that surpassed in 123,000 kilometers; the land journeyed by Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gamma together. And while General Bolívar covered the non-uniform stretch, he spread the ideas of the freedom, on a length equivalent to one and a half of the Earth’s diameter, that is the same to say, ten times more than the land journeyed by Hannibal Barca and the triple of the space walked by Alexander the Great.

In spite of the tenacious resistance of Royalist troops, during the successful military campaigns of El Bajo Magdalena and Admirable, in less than six months, dated between the endings of 1812 and the beginnings of 1813, Simon Bolívar crossed triumphantly over, all the ramifications of La Cordillera de los Andes in Colombia and Venezuela.

Neither before, nor later, none known military man in the history of the humanity, achieved so many success in a so ample space, during a so brief lapse.

Like statesman Simon Bolívar headed four constituent congresses over and built the legal, political, economic and social bases of six republics. Like a soldier, he participated in fourteen military campaigns, he directed more than four hundred battles, and with sweeping leadership, he commanded more than one million of soldiers from diverse nationalities.

Similar facts happened during the Liberating Campaign of La Nueva Granada in 1819, initiated with uncertainty in los Llanos de Setenta in Venezuela, and it successfully culminated four months later at the South of Tunja City, in the bridge on Teatinos River.

In spite of the calculated obstacles laid by General Santander in Santa Fe, the foolish regional leaders’ ambitions in Venezuela, and the intrigues wrapped in Perú, in less than a year, General Simon Bolívar freed to Perú and founded to Bolivia. During the same period, he summoned a Pan-American Congress, and until he glided to go to fight against Spain´s loyal Royalists in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Spain.

In this order of ideas, The Delirium of the Liberator, examines the biographical chronology of the well-called Genius of America, neither from the moved away surroundings of the myth, nor from erratic passion of bad politicians, but from the clear reality of an exceptional human being, full of vitality and positive mind, solved to make specific a transcendental intention, without concerning the difficulties and circumstances of way, time and place. Without a doubt, this is his greater legacy.

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Luis Alberto Villamarín-Pulido, is invited lecturer in several universities of the world,  columnist-analyst of many mass media, especially for CNN in Spanish, corresponding member of Academia de Historia del Huila, Academia Colombiana de Historia Militar, and Sociedad Bolivariana de Colombia; titleholder in Political Sciences and Military Sciences, analyst of strategic themes; specialist in National Defense and National Security; expert in counter-terrorism and rural or urban counter- guerrilla operations.

In addition, he is author of 33 books related to the phenomenon of the violence in Colombia international terrorism and geopolitics. Some of them have been translated into English, French, German, Poland and Portuguese.

His text En el Infierno translated to English Language under the title In Hell is in process to become a film in Hollywood- California. Right now, he prepares a collection of books about history of the independence of Bolivarian countries

Narrated like the virtual testimony of the slave José Palacios, The Delirium of the Liberator, is a clear example of personal overcoming, by means of the precise route by some of the most important experiences during the intense General Simón Bolívar’s life.

This book describes a human being, with virtues and defects, successes and failures, but makes special emphasis in the dimension and the reaches of the will to surpass stumbling blocks.

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Luis Villamarin
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Dec 31, 2006
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