With Hugo Chávez's passing, Venezuela enters a new era. The time has come to look back on a decade of unprecedented upheavals. From a sharply critical stance, Blogging the Revolution surveys the evolution of both chavismo and the opposition, the disintegration of Venezuela's public sphere, the political economy of the petrostate, and its impact on everyday life in the South American nation.
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“Through the years of Chavez rule, the best writing about Venezuela in English appeared on a blogspot run by two Venezuelan expats, Francisco Toro and Juan Cristobal Nagel. With preternatural timing, the authors of that blog released a re-edited compilation of their very best pieces in the very week of Hugo Chavez's death. If you want to understand the deceased president's bizarre regime, Blogging the Revolution, the book-form version of Caracas Chronicles, is the place to start.”
- David Frum, contributing editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor.
“Caracas Chronicles has been an indispensable source of lucidity and perspective in these turbulent times in Venezuela. Toro and Nagel have been right on target, without pretending to be ludicrously impartial; they have been able to rise above polarization, trying hard to make sense of an often implausible reality. Blogging the Revolution shows them at their best. If you are not already a fan, you will become one.”
- Francisco J. Monaldi, RFK Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Director, Center on Energy at IESA in Caracas.
“Caracas Chronicles is a rare voice of sanity amid the cacophony of nonsense that is spouted daily about Venezuela – much of it, sadly, by the people supposed to be running the country. A great blog, and now a book. Read it.”
- Phil Gunson, Caracas-based journalist and broadcaster.
“Caracas Chronicles is the best blog about Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Razor sharp, informed, witty, scholarly, irreverent and above all intelligent; an invaluable map for a poorly charted land. It's no fan of the Bolivarian revolution, and doesn't claim to be impartial, but avoids the foaming partisanship which infects so much debate about the topic. You come to it for analysis and the writing ends up hooking you into unexpected journeys through the revolution's surreal labyrinths. For anyone curious about Venezuela it's a must-read blog. And now it's a must-read book.”
- Rory Carroll, author of Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, and The Guardian's former Latin America bureau chief.