“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.
“Caracas Chronicles is the best blog about Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Razor sharp, informed, witty, scholarly, irreverent and above all intelligent; an invaluable map for a poorly charted land. It's no fan of the Bolivarian revolution, and doesn't claim to be impartial, but avoids the foaming partisanship which infects so much debate about the topic. You come to it for analysis and the writing ends up hooking you into unexpected journeys through the revolution's surreal labyrinths. For anyone curious about Venezuela it's a must-read blog. And now it's a must-read book.”
—Rory Carroll, author of Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, and The Guardian's former Latin America bureau chief.
“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.