Augusto Cesar Sandino: Messiah of Light and Truth

Augusto Cesar Sandino: Messiah of Light and Truth

by Marco Aurelio Navarro-Genie
     
 

"In 1979, President Jimmy Carter helped the Sandinista Liberation Front oust the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua and turned the term sandinista into a household word. Few realized that the name came from Augusto Sandino, the Nicaraguan rebel who fought American intervention in his country during the late 1920s and early 1930s." "This book sheds new light on Sandino's…  See more details below

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"In 1979, President Jimmy Carter helped the Sandinista Liberation Front oust the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua and turned the term sandinista into a household word. Few realized that the name came from Augusto Sandino, the Nicaraguan rebel who fought American intervention in his country during the late 1920s and early 1930s." "This book sheds new light on Sandino's complex nature and developing rebellion. Some branded him a terrorist. Others hailed him as a patriot. Rather than take sides, Marco Aurelio Navarro-Genie carefully assesses Sandino's wider actions as well as his evolving beliefs and disposition. Using previously unpublished and existing sources, he reveals how Sandino assumed many faces with equal fervor: nationalist, communist, anarchist, socialist, and theosophist." Ultimately, Sandino saw himself as a Divine incarnation. In exploring how religion dominated his persona and activated his political and social projects, this book portrays Sandino as not just a rebel but a revolutionary prophet and messiah. It is at once an intriguing and significant contribution to the growing literature on Sandino, on Nicaraguan and Latin American history, and on millenarian movements and religions.

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Publishers Weekly
Mesoamerican Religion Marco Aurelio Navarro-Genie offers a spiritual biography of a Nicaraguan revolutionary in Augusto Cesar Sandino: Messiah of Light and Truth. Sandino, an early 20th-century firebrand from whom the Sandinista government later took its name, has been studied before, but not with this kind of attention to his unique theology and millenarian worldview. At the end of his life, he believed himself to be the Messiah, and his determination to free his people from oppression deeply influenced liberation theologians later in the 20th century. This is an accessible biography with a fresh, long-overdue perspective. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Most accounts of Sandino (1895-1934) and his resistance to US domination of Nicaragua in the 1920s and 1930s focus on his politics. Nicaraguan native Navarro-G<'e>nie (political science, St. Mary's College and Mount Royal College, Calgary) brings his religious ideas and dispositions into the picture, and factors them into his political activities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815629498
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Religion and Politics Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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