This book delves deeply into Nicaragua's history and its relationship with the United States since the early 19th century. The author, who directs a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing works on Nicaragua, presents his interpretations in a readable, well-supported account. Although sympathetic to the Sandinistas, Bermann lets the historical facts speak for themselves rather than siding with one U.S. administration versus another. Most important, he clearly demonstrates that the general pattern in U.S.-Nicaraguan relations has been bi-partisan and detrimental to Nicaragua. Essential reading for understanding the Nicaraguan point of view and for evaluating U.S. policies towards the Sandinistas. Rod eric A. Camp, Latin American Studies Dept., Central Coll., Pella, Ia.