The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela

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On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of Hugo Chávez. The opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chávez’s economic policies, specifically his mishandling of Venezuelan oil. As the day progressed, the march turned violent, sparking a military revolt that led to the temporary ousting of Chávez. Over the ensuing turbulent seventy-two hours, Venezuelans would confront the deep divisions within their society and ultimately ...
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Overview


On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of Hugo Chávez. The opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chávez’s economic policies, specifically his mishandling of Venezuelan oil. As the day progressed, the march turned violent, sparking a military revolt that led to the temporary ousting of Chávez. Over the ensuing turbulent seventy-two hours, Venezuelans would confront the deep divisions within their society and ultimately decide the best course for their country—and its oil—in the new century.

Drawing on unprecedented reporting, Nelson renders a mesmerizing account of the coup. An Economist Book of the Year, The Silence and the Scorpion provides rich insight into the complexities of modern Venezuela.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568586861
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 832,110
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian A. Nelson writes for Virginia Quarterly Review and Christian Science Monitor, among others. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Well researched. A lot of work went into this. Clears up a numbe

    Well researched. A lot of work went into this. Clears up a number of issues but leaves open the key one; Did Chavez order his militias to fire on the demonstrators or did the events assume their own momentum ? I lived in Caracas at the time and had friends in the front lines of the demonstrators so I had more than passing curiosity.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Really gripping and fun to read, yet very well researched.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Latin America, but also to anyone who's looking for an entertaining, action-type reading. This book describes the events of three days surrounding a coup attempt against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2002. What's different about it is that it's written like a novel, from the points of view of the real people that were involved and impacted by it. So it takes the reader from a march in the streets of Caracas to the intrigues inside the Presidential palace and Military grounds, to the hospitals that received the wounded, to people's homes.
    Mr. Nelson did an incredible journalistic work, and his narrative is supported by a large number of interviews with the different characters (pro- and anti-chavez), and material that appeared in all sorts of different sources from television, to newspapers, to several of the books that have come out on the topic. Yet what is remarkable is that if you don't read the end-notes it just grabs you like fiction books do.

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