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My First Life by Hugo Chávez

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784783839
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Hugo Chávez (1954–2013) was a Venezuelan politician and the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He was the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

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

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