“John Barnes describes her life with a veteran storyteller’s robust style, rich in fascinating detail and confidential anecdote.” Chicago Sun-Times
Evita, First Lady
A Biography of Eva Peron
978-0-8021-3479-0 • $16.00 • Paperback • Oct. 1996
This is the story of one of the most fascinating women of all time—Maria Eva Duarte, who rose from poverty to become one of the richest, most powerful women in the world. As Eva Perón, or Evita as she was known to her adoring followers, she was a blond goddess in diamonds and furs who dominated and hypnotized a nation of eighteen million people for seven years before her death at the age of thirty-three.
In this first major biography of Eva Perón, John Barnes explores the paradox of this beautiful, brave woman who attacked the rich, Argentine ruling classes in countless speeches “in the name of the humble, homeless,” urging “los descamisados”—the shirtless ones—to “cry out against the old evil days.” Who exactly was Eva Perón, who so dominated the workers of Argentina that they were ready to do anything she asked of them? How did she amass a multi-million dollar personal fortune in her seven short years of power? John Barnes answers these questions, and helps to illuminate the mystery and myth that surrounds Eva Perón.