In August 2004, the Venezuelan public came out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming vote of confidence After many attempts to unseat him, Hugo Chvez, the former military man who took the country first by coup and then by ballot, again emerged as the peoples choice It was, in his words, a victory for the people of Venezuela Yet despite Chvezs successes, having defended his post in six referenda, two elections and against one failed coup, Venezuelaone of the worlds largest oil exporting countriesis a nation deeply divided The power struggle between the countrys first indigenous head of state and his detractors expresses a larger conflict gripping the region In The Battle of Venezuela, Guardian reporter Michael McCaughan captures the drama of challenges to Chvezs presidency in the courts and on the streets of Caracas In this detailed analysis of the political forces at work, McCaughan documents the role of the countrys powerful and shrinking middle class, the effects of Chvezs social programs for his mainly poor constituents, and the rise of the social movement whose members proclaim themselves Chvistas....
|Title||:||The Battle of Venezuela (Open Media Series)|
|Publisher||:||Seven Stories Press First Printing edition June 7, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||761 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Battle of Venezuela (Open Media Series) Reviews
A must read for anyone interested in the new developments in Venezuela and the South. McCaughan does a great job in setting the historical context and then elaborating on Chavez -- with a welcomed inclusion of pros and cons, such as personal ambitions versus citizens advances accomplished over the years.
I was surprised that I received this book on time and in perfect condition.. I will soon start reading this book and I am sure this choice will add to my knowledge of Venezuela, a country whose government is full of contradictory news report.
With Venezuela and the Hugo Chavez government increasingly in the news today this important primer gives the reader a broad and comprehensive understanding of the rise of Chavez in Venezuela. McCaughan's engaged analysis informs an understanding of the rise to power of Hugo Chavez, the extent of his support and democratic legitimacy among the population of Venezuela, the background to his ideology and the political history of other social forces in Venezuelan society. For anyone interested in the development of Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and the new political pole emerging in South America this is an excellent book.
I purchased this book hoping to get an objective look at the events that brought Chavez to power in Venezuela. Maybe that was not realistic given how polarizing Chavez is. The truth is that this book tells the story of the "Battle of Venezuela" from a left wing point of view. If that's what you're looking for then you'll probably enjoy it. That is all fine and good, but buyer beware.