Based on new sources and first-hand interviews, this book seeks to explore the personality and experiences of Evita. This first substantive biography of Eva Peron in English is essential reading for anyone interested in modern Argentinean history and the cult of Evita.
Eva Peron remains Argentina's best-known and most iconic personality, far outlasting her own husband, President Juan Domingo Peron, himself a remarkable and charismatic political leader without whom she, as an uneducated woman in an elitist and male-dominated society, could not have existed as a political figure. In this book, Jill Hedges tells the story of a remarkable woman whose glamour, charisma, political influence and controversial nature continue to generate huge amounts of interest 60 years after her death. From her poverty-stricken upbringing as an illegitimate child in rural Argentina, Peron made her way to the highest echelons of Argentinean society, via a brief acting career and her relationship with Juan. After their political breakthrough, her charitable work and magnetic personality earned her wide public acclaim and there was national mourning following her death from cancer at the age of just 33.Based on new sources and first-hand interviews, the book will seek to explore the personality and experiences of 'Evita'. As the first substantive biography of Eva Peron in English, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern Argentinean history and the cult of 'Evita'."
Evita is an engaging and accessible read that is delightful in its evocation of mid-century Argentina. * Julia Buxton, Journal of Latin American Studies *
Jill Hedges' book is a stylish, careful, fascinating account of a remarkable life. * Tribune *
Carefully researched and elegantly written * Juan E. Mendez *
Remarkably even-handed and highly readable * Maxine Molyneux *
Vivid, thoughtful and perceptive * Laurence Whitehead *