I am 400+ pages through Arana's biography of Bolivar, and have found it both highly readable and intensely interesting. I confess, as an American, that I was well informed on all of our founding fathers, but knew little of Bolivar, or for that matter of South Americans or the South American liberation. This book is history as it should be written: highly informative, factually correct and easily digested.
Simon Bolivar Buckner (April 1, 1823 – January 8, 1914) was an American soldier and politician who fought in the United States Army in the Mexican–American War and in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He later served as the 30th Governor of Kentucky.;Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. (July 18, 1886 – June 18, 1945) was an American lieutenant general during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and commanded the defences of Alaska early in the war. Following that assignment, he was promoted to command the 10th Army, which conducted the amphibious assault (Operation Iceberg) on the Japanese island of Okinawa. He was killed during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa by enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have been lost to enemy fire during World War II. Buckner was posthumously promoted to the rank of full four-star general on July 19, 1954 by a Special Act of Congress (Public Law 83-508)
We have stopped in Bolivar PA. Where the 'Museum' had a bust of the great Simon Bolivar. It also has very nice "Welcome to Bolivar" sign.
There are many Bolivars in the US.
Recently started but did not finish the book but intend to as it was proceeding along in a very interesting and informative manner.