Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela

Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela

by Rory Carroll
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Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela by Rory Carroll

The inside story of Hugo Chavez’s rule and complex legacy

Few leaders in our time have been as divisive and enigmatic as the late Hugo Chavez. In Comandante, acclaimed journalist Rory Carroll tells the inside story of Chavez’s life, his time as Venezuela’s president, and his legacy. Based on interviews with ministers, aides, courtiers, and citizens, this intimate piece of reportage chronicles a unique experiment in power that veers among enlightenment, tyranny, comedy, and farce. Carroll also investigates the almost religious devotion of millions of Venezuelans who regarded Chavez as a savior and the loathing of those who branded him as a dictator. In beautiful prose that blends the lyricism and strangeness of magical realism with the brutal, ugly truth of authoritarianism, Comandante offers a cautionary tale for our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101605790
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 603,653
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rory Carroll is a veteran journalist and former chief of the Guardian’s Latin American bureau. He lives in California.

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Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TimmerTM More than 1 year ago
This is a superbly narrated account of the time in which Hugo Chavez governed in Venezuela. Rory Carroll writes with a captivating style that makes it difficult to put the book down. He approaches the topic as an observer of power rather than the typical admirer or detractor of the cult of personality. He shares well researched and meticulously gathered insights that paint a vivid picture of the folly that governed the so called revolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in real life, Chavez is both everywhere and nowhere in this book. He has no real permanence or substance in the narrative; he only makes sporadic appearances, and yet his shadow drives all. This book really covers those in the continously shifting inner circles and their relationship between Chavez and the need to provide adult governorship to Venezyuela. Excellent research and the author's ability to get people to open up is impressive. If you want to understand Venezuela, this is a must