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Blogging the Revolution: Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era
 
 

Blogging the Revolution: Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era [Kindle Edition]

Francisco Toro , Juan Cristobal Nagel
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For more than ten years, Caracas Chronicles has distilled Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela for English-speaking readers, providing both context and a home for lively discussion. This compilation by its editors, Toro and Nagel, brings together their best work.

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.

Earth Edition: A portion from the sales of this title is donated to our planet.

“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.

About the Author

Francisco Toro founded Caracas Chronicles in September, 2002. Born and raised in Caracas, he studied at Reed College (Portland, Oregon) and the London School of Economics. A political scientist by training, his journalistic work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, and the Financial Times, among others. He's currently a consultant based in Montreal, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Juan Cristobal Nagel has co-edited Caracas Chronicles since 2004, and edited the present volume. Born and raised in Maracaibo, he graduated from Caracas' Universidad Católica, and then went to the University of Michigan for graduate work in Economics. His work on Venezuela has appeared in Foreign Policy, Americas Quarterly, Prodavinci, and El Mercurio of Chile, among others. He is currently Professor of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, where he lives with his wife and their three daughters. He divides his time between Chile and Venezuela.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939393159
  • Publisher: Cognitio, LLC (28 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNDYP1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Venezuela 13 April 2013
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Very interesting and well worth reading. It gives all sorts of insights not just into Venezuelan politics but into political science in general. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 3 Mar 2013
By F. Monaldi - Published on Amazon.com
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Caracas Chronicles has been an indispensable source of lucidity and perspective in these turbulent and often unintelligible 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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rational, deep, fun to read, a must read 5 Mar 2013
By Moraima Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want simplistic explanations this book is not for you. A series of the best articles from the respected blog Caracas Chronicles, here you will find a nuanced view of Venezuela, it's problems and opportunities. If you want a book where Chavez is God coming to save the poor, this is not for you. And if you want a book where Chavez is Hitler bent on destroying all the good in the world, this is not for you. It will make you question issues if only you are willing to open your mind to alternate views beyond the polarized sphere of public discourse in Venezuela. Caracas Chronicles is a place for free thinkers and this book summarizes the best of 10 years of chronicling a government and a president that has captured the interest around the world. You might hate him or love him, in these pages you might get to finally understand him.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn fast what the Chavez thing is about, this is your book 6 Mar 2013
By Dagoberto Salazar - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll start by dropping any pretense that I'm an unbiased reviewer: I'm a Venezuelan that has opposed Chavez since 1992. I also have been reading the Caracas Chronicles blog for years and I just love it.

But the relevant thing here is why I love Caracas Chronicles: After many years of only being fed with either militant "Chavez is the devil" media, or sycophantic "Chavez is our savior" propaganda, I came across this little blog where, in a very clear and didactic way, the authors dissected which were the underlying problems with Chavez, which were the consequences of his actions, and how it all fitted in the grand scheme of things... and they did so by providing hard data and plenty of references that I could check out by myself and form my own opinion on.

You know, I'm just that kind of guy that hates being fed with propaganda, disregarding where it comes from.

So, this is my advise for you, whether you are pro-Chavez, anti-Chavez, or in-between: If you want to have a chance of really understanding the whole dynamics going on on that piece of South America I call my homeland, this is the book to start with.

Moreover: If you're a busy person that needs to get the basics very quickly, just read the whole opening post: "The Petrostate that was and the Petrostate that is". In half an hour you'll get more insight than wading through years of standard media articles. And I guarantee you it will be time well spent.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of important articles about the Venezuela that does not have money to pay the lobby 7 Mar 2013
By LHLE - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading the blog. And yes the articles are from the point of view of people that pretend to be less unbiased that most opponents to the government. . AT least They try to give to the reader another point of view that the Latin american departments in the Academia with "saudade" and nostalgia for the 60's for Salvadorian revolution or The Cuban Revolution won't read. So if you want to read something and you get to your own conclusion.
And in comparison to other bloggers they try to be less passionate ...they are biased of course nobody is totally objective... But ok that is up to you, you want to know the other side of the story this is a good start.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting perspective 6 Mar 2013
By Rafael Osio Cabrices - Published on Amazon.com
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Nagel and Toro have developed in their blog one very rare view over Venezuela's present and recent past: one that allow to syncronize the observation of political ideas and practices that chavismo has been exploding to obtain and retain power, with the monitoring of its economic policies and its (successful) efforts to replace the weak institutions that inherited Chávez administrations. Also, Caracas Chronicles has provided the Venezuelan public opinion (and the world public opinion) with an approach to my country's reality that goes beyond the narrow categories we've been too accustomed to use when we try to understand what we've passed through.
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