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Marie Arana: "Bolivar: American Liberator"

Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States. Bolivar is credited with leading several countries to independence two centuries ago, a legacy that continues to define the politics of places like Bolivia and Venezuela. Kojo and biographer Marie Arana discuss what we can learn about the modern world by becoming better acquainted with the history of Bolivar's time.

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From BOLIVAR: American Liberator by Marie Arana. Copyright © 2013 by Marie Arana. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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