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Hugo Chávez’s extraordinary story—in his own words
Hugo Chávez, military officer turned left-wing revolutionary, was one of the most important Latin American leaders of the twenty-first century. This book tells the story of his life up to his election as president in 1998.
Throughout this riveting and historically important account of his early years, Chávez’s energy and charisma shine through. As a young man, he awakens gradually to the reality of his country—where huge inequalities persist and the majority of citizens live in indescribable poverty—and decides to act. He gives a fascinating description of growing up in Barinas, his years in the Military Academy, his long-planned military conspiracy—the most significant in the history of Venezuela and perhaps of Latin America—which led to his unsuccessful coup attempt of 1992, and eventually to his popular electoral victory in 1998.
His collaborator on this book is Ignacio Ramonet, the famous French journalist (and editor for many years of Le Monde diplomatique), who undertook a similar task with Fidel Castro (Fidel Castro: My Life).
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About the Author
Ignacio Ramonet is a Spanish journalist and writer. He was the editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique from 1991 to March 2008 and is one of the founders of the NGO Media Watch Global, of which he is currently President. He is Fidel Castro’s only authorized biographer.
Table of Contents
Introduction: One Hundred Years with Chávez Ignacio Ramonet ix
Part I Childhood and Adolescence (1954-1971)
1 'History will absorb me' 1
2 Family Secrets 27
3 Hard-Working Boy 54
4 Politics, Religion and Encyclopaedia 84
5 Secondary School in Barinas 110
Part II From Barracks to Barracks (1971-1982)
6 Cadet in Caracas 149
7 Young Officer 183
8 In Cumana 209
9 In Maracay 234
10 Conspiring and Recruiting 259
Part III The Road to Power (1982-1998)
11 Rebellion in the Making 285
12 The Caracazo 306
13 The Rebellion of 4 February 1992 337
14 The Fertile Prison 370
15 The Victorious Campaign 420
Acknowledgements and Further Reading 487