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Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era
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Authors: Francisco Toro, Juan Cristobal Nagel
Language: English
Category: Politics & Current Events
Formats: Ebook, paperback
Mar 05, 2013

Caracas Chronicles has been an indispensable source of lucidity and perspective in these turbulent times in Venezuela. Toro and Nagel have been right on target, without pretending to be ludicrously impartial; they have been able to rise above polarization, trying hard to make sense of an often implausible reality. Blogging the Revolution shows them at their best. If you are not already a fan, you will become one.”
Francisco J. Monaldi, RFK Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Director, Center on Energy at IESA in Caracas.

“It is criticism without extremism, and conviction without dogmatism.  Read it, and discover why so many Venezuela watchers are addicted to it.”
Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

Caracas Chronicles is a rare voice of sanity amid the cacophony of nonsense that is spouted daily about Venezuela – much of it, sadly, by the people supposed to be running the country. A great blog, and now a book. Read it.”
Phil Gunson, Caracas-based journalist and broadcaster.

“Look no further. Your curiosity about what’s been going on in Venezuela since 2002 will find answers in this extraordinary guide for the perplexed known as Caracas Chronicles. The essays in this collection rise above their own inmediate-bloggish nature with a wise combination of very smart journalism, academic erudition, anthropological sensibility and political instinct. An essential tool for those seeking insight into a petrostate´s splendours and miseries.”
Colette Capriles, Professor of Political Theory at the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas.


For more than ten years, Caracas Chronicles has distilled Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela for English-speaking readers, providing both context and a home for lively discussion. This compilation by its editors, Toro and Nagel, brings together their best work.

With Hugo Chávez's passing, Venezuela enters a new era. The time has come to look back on a decade of unprecedented upheavals. From a sharply critical stance, Blogging the Revolution surveys the evolution of both chavismo and the opposition, the disintegration of Venezuela's public sphere, the political economy of the petrostate, and its impact on everyday life in the South American nation.

Newsweek's David Frum and Francisco Toro (03/28/2013)

Rory Carroll author of Comandante and Juan Cristobal Nagel (04/08/2013)

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