The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions-100 Answers

The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions-100 Answers

by Chesa Boudin, Gabriel Gonzalez, Wilmer Rumbos
     
 

There is one country in the Americas that the Bush Administration regards as a significant threat to U.S. interests, and it is not Cuba. Oil-rich Venezuela's democratically-elected government has survived repeated, U.S.-supported attempts to undermine its power, including a short lived military coup. Its leader, President Hugo Chávez, is neither communist nor

Overview

There is one country in the Americas that the Bush Administration regards as a significant threat to U.S. interests, and it is not Cuba. Oil-rich Venezuela's democratically-elected government has survived repeated, U.S.-supported attempts to undermine its power, including a short lived military coup. Its leader, President Hugo Chávez, is neither communist nor capitalist, and instead claims to be creating an alternative 21st Century socialism that courts international capital. What is the real story behind this leader of Latin America's lurch to the left? Is it a new petro-populism in the tradition of Peron and Fujimori, or is it truly a progressive, home-grown democratic revolution that will address the massive economic and social inequalities plaguing the region for more than three centuries? The curiosity of a North American living in Venezuela and the expertise of two Venezuelans—one an adviser in the Presidential Palace, and the other a journalist with a weekly column in one of Venezuela's leading newspapers—bring insiders' answers to outsiders' questions, such as: Is Chávez a dictator? What was the role of the Bush Administration in the 2002 military coup? What is Chávez's political platform? Does Chávez work with terrorist governments to undermine U.S. interests?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Few Latin American politicians-only Fidel comes to mind-have polarized opinion as much as Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez. Combining a far-reaching economic and social reform program with a strong stance against American influence, Chavez has created a diplomatic nightmare for the Bush administration much as Castro has done for U.S. presidents for decades. The authors, a North American freelance journalist, a Venezuelan journalist, and a Venezuelan advisor to Chavez, all resident in Venezuela, offer this slim book, which, though thought-provoking and insightful, does not offer a middle ground for American and Venezuelan interests. Arranged thematically are a series of briefly stated questions and longer answers aimed at increasing support for Chavez's so-called Bolivarian Revolution. Many of the answers show insufficient understanding of American interests. That Boudin is the son of two former members of the Weather Underground Organization of the 1970s may provide insight into his anti-American views. But these authors all have academic and/or professional credentials that make their work not so easily dismissed, especially considering that the United States imports 12 percent of its oil from Venezuela. Recommended for larger academic collections for representation of these viewpoints.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Alabama Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560257738
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Chesa Boudin is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale. While at Yale, he studied at the University of Chile for a year. He has since earned a masters degree in forced migration from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His work has been published in The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, and Salon.com. He lives in Caracas, Venezuela.

Gabriel González has previously published three books in Venezuela and Ecuador. He currently works with President Chavez's team of advisors.

Wilmer Rumbos writes a weekly political column for Las Ultimas Noticias, one of Venezuela's widest circulation daily newspapers.

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