Keeps the revolutionary spirit of Che and Freire alive and challenges readers, particularly educators, to engage the true meaning of a revolutionary praxis. A must-read for all those who dare embrace a truly revolutionary pedagogy of the oppressed.
— Donaldo Macedo, University of Massachusetts, Boston
In a probing posthumous meditation on the life and work of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Paulo Freire, Peter McLaren not only recalls their history but reasserts the continued influence for our own times of these two revolutionary teachers.
— Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Austin
In this lucid and theoretically informed reappraisal of the legacies of Che and Freire, Peter McLaren has made a significant contribution to a renewed Marxist theory. Where critiques of capitalism seem to be out of fashion, this volume engages the lives of two great revolutionaries in the context of 'globalization' and increasing class inequality.
— Rodolfo D. Torres, professor, University of California, Irvine; visiting professor, University of Glasgow, Scotland
An enlightening reaffirmation of revolutionary theory and practice, much needed as an antidote to this age of free-market imperialism.
— Michael Parenti, author of The Face of Imperialism and God and His Demons
A book on Che Guevera and Paulo Freire? Once again Peter McLaren has asked scholars and educators to confront our own political limitations and imagine the unimaginable: Educational revolution is achievable. McLaren passionately turns to the revolutionary spirit of these two icons in a work that rivals the intensity of Jonathan Kozol's work. I predict McLaren's book will have equal impact on the educational community. He invites the reader to boldly act in the name and the body of the poor and dispossessed. Scholarship in education can have no higher ambition.
— Louis F. Mirón, University of California, Irvine, Author of The Social Construction of Urban Schooling
Peter McLaren's Che Guevara, Paulo Freire is a vigorous intervention in the complexity of the contemporary political situation—from rearticulating the project of radical pedagogy to his argument to reorient the left itself. Through his groundbreaking regrasping of Che's revolutionary practices,McLaren critiques the left—especially progressive left pedagogy—for its marginalization of class and complacent reformism. In an effective intervention, he puts the international class struggle at the forefront of a revolutionary pedagogy. As part of his argument for the reorganization of social institutions in Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, McLaren offers a sustained radical critique of transnational neoliberalism and its corporatization of education—in doing so, he places revolutionary pedagogy in solidarity with the oppressed of global capitalism.
— Teresa L. Ebert, Author of Ludic Feminism and After
Truly impressive both in terms of the wide range of discourses, issues and topics which it addresses and connects, as well as the breadth and depth of the contribution it makes to the theory and practice of critical pedagogy.
— Richard Harris, California State University; author of Death of a Revolutionary: Che Guevara's Last Mission
A sweeping and provocative work that raises pedagogical theory to new heights. Professor McLaren deftly weaves together the critical educational legacy of Paulo Freire, the revolutionary spirit of Che Guevara, and some of the best elements of contemporary radical social thought to arrive at a powerful synthesis of historical analysis and political vision.
— Carl Boggs, National University; author of The Two Revolutions: Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism and Social Movements and Political Power
Peter McClaren, in his new book, Che Guevara and Paulo Freire, has eloquently summed up for the next millenium what critical pedagogy inspired by the life-works of Che and Freire has to offer: not a utopia of private pleasure and desire preached by Rorty and other neoliberal apologists but a life-enhancing praxis of personal and social transformation needed to renew the ecosystem exhausted by global capitalism. We have much to learn from the visionary reason of these two great heroic "guerillas" of the much maligned "third world."
— E. San Juan, Jr., Department of Comparative American Cultures, Washington State University
McLaren's exploration into the similar and divergent theoretical positions of Che and Freire's contributions to our understanding of a revolutionary socialist vision is impeccable. Through critically examining the tremendous intellectual fortitude and unwavering practice of these two prominent left intellectuals of this century, he unearths the often forgotten explicatory depth and political dynamism of historical materialism. By so doing, McLaren assists educators to engage more profoundly with the current crisis of global capitalism, in order to construct a renewed socialist project for the new millennium.
— Antonia Darder, Leavey Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University
This is a work of profound insight that marks a turning point in the literature of critical pedagogy.
— Community Development Journal
McLaren examines and interprets the teachings of these two figures with the aim of developing in readers the kind of critical agency he sees as necessary to resist the economic and political structures that currently dominate global relations.
— Journal Of Social Work Education
McLaren's writing is a brilliant blend of passion, commitment, and critical analysis and insight. It is poetry and prose in an intimate dance that touches, at once, readers' hearts and minds. This new book, which appeared at the very dawn of the new millennium, is no exception. Indeed, it is probably McLaren's most important and exciting text to date. It is also one of the most important books on critical education, and thus also education and social justice, to have been written in the twentieth century. Only a 'Comrade of the heart' could have written with such ardour, precision, and depth.
— Paula Allman; Education and Social Justice
The barbarities of, inequalities in, and the destructive power of globalizing world capitalism are well documented here. What resonates in mind after reading this moving and powerful book is love, hope, and the possibility of a just and equal future for all.
— Times Higher Education
In the spirit of Che and Paulo, McLaren demands a politics of bodily and affective investment grounded in both theoretical and relational knowledge. The call is intended to provide students with the necessary self-empowering pedagogical conditions, which include a language of social analysis and cultural critique.
— Educational Researcher
As far as English language publications go, this is the first attempt to focus extensively on Che in a book on education.
— Comparative Education Review
Not since (1976) has there been a work published in the field of education that has such potential to reinvigorate discussion of the social, economic, political, and cultural contradictions of global capitalism.
— Against the Current
As long as capital stalks the earth, disfiguring education in the process, McLaren's Che/Freire will be an essential reading for educators and others concerned with socialist transformation.
— British Educational Research Journal
McLaren's book serves as a reminder and warning that the training of educators is paramount.
— Canadian Journal of Political Science
McLaren echoes the call of critical social theory over the past century, that education, trapped within the logic of capital and the market, "has been reduced to a subsector of the economy." Appealing to people's sense of justice, this book creates new channels of internationalist solidarity and coalition building among Left constituencies.
— Educational Researcher
This book serves as an excellent introduction to the praxis of Che and Freire and the contemporary debates on the left over postmodernism, globalization, and the prospects for radical social transformationin our time.
— Adult Education Quarterly
McLaren's pedagogy of revolution would improve citizens' awareness of the ways in which capitalistic imperatives are defined as uniquely "American" values and their awareness of the damaging consequences of this scenario to the image of the U.S. around the world, especially in Second and Third World nations. By better preparing us to engage, reinterpret, and struggle against these and other instances of capitalistic might and military imperialism, McLaren's latest call for a politically and economically savvy program of teacher education offers the potential for decreased hostility and bloodshed through rigorous interrogation of national policies and more humane interactions with our global neigbors.
Che Guevara is usually perceived as a Romantic model whom we should admire, while pursuing our daily business as usual—the most perverse defense against what Che stood for. What McLaren's fascinating book demonstrates is that, on the contrary, Che is a model for our times, a figure we should imitate in our struggle against neoliberal global capitalism.
— Slavoj Žižek