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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
Published:
Mar 05, 2013

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.

“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

“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.

Synopsis:

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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