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Blogging the Revolution
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 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.

“With the death of Chávez and his spectacular funeral still fresh in the collective memory, the publication of Blogging the Revolution: Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era, a compilation of some of the blog’s best postings, is well timed. It provides an opportunity to look back on the past and to meditate on the future of Venezuela as it teeters between comedy and tragedy. This is an essential read for anybody interested in Venezuela...”
José de Córdoba, Americas Quarterly

“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.

“Through the years of Chavez rule, the best writing about Venezuela in English appeared on a blogspot run by two Venezuelan expats, Francisco Toro and Juan Cristobal Nagel. With preternatural timing, the authors of that blog released a re-edited compilation of their very best pieces in the very week of Hugo Chavez's death. If you want to understand the deceased president's bizarre regime, Blogging the Revolution, the book-form version of Caracas Chronicles, is the place to start.”
David Frum, contributing editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor.


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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