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Comandante: Inside Hugo Chavez's Venezuela by [Carroll, Rory]
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"In cool, lucid prose, Rory Carroll unpicks the threads that weave together to form a modern-day dictatorship, no less sinister for its relative absence of bloodshed. The portrait of Venezuela that emerges is as nuanced as it is ultimately chilling" (MICHELA WRONG author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz)

"Rory Carroll's brilliant portrait of Chavez reads like a fast-paced novel of ego run amok, an ego that happens to be attached to a masterful politician, a dynamo of energy and charisma, and a colossus of managerial ineptitude. The Comandante is by turns heartbreaking, maddening, absurd, and surreal, a truly epic story of promise squandered and opportunities lost" (BEN FOUNTAIN author of Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk)

"Comandante provides an impressively well-researched and readable portrait... Carroll's book should serve as a useful reminder of what el Comandante did and didn't achieve" (The New York Times)

"A fine, timely book" (The Economist)

"This beautifully written and acutely perceptive book amounts to a lyrical meditation on the nature of power . . . [Comandante] will deserve to be the definitive work on Chávez in the English language" (David Blair The Daily Telegraph)

"An English-language account to accompany the best of those by the region's writers . . . this book, by turns personal, wry and wise, is required reading" (Tom Hennigan Irish Times)

"In good reporter fashion, he [Rory Carroll] diligently tracks down his sources, turning up a colourful cast of red-shirted Chavista loyalists, bitter political opponents, and the everyday Venezuelans in between. What emerges is a more intimate image of Chavez than his own propaganda allows... true drama lies not in a story's ending but in the twists and turns it takes to get there. On those terms, Comandante delivers" (Oliver Balch Independent on Sunday)

"A well-considered and painfully fair epitaph for the Chávez regime" (John Sweeny Literary Review)

"An excellent appraisal of the charismatic leader . . . Carroll gets as close as any outsider to life inside the palace. What emerges is a portrait of a politician with a magnetic people's touch but a woeful grasp of management" (Oliver Balch The Guardian)

"[A] deeply informative, sprightly chronicle of Venezuela's dizzying journey under its Comandante...Here is a lively portrait of a new Latin American genus: the democratically elected caudillo" (Washington Post)

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Updated since Chávez's death in March 2013, Comandante is the definitive account of Chávez's presidency, an authoritative chronicle of one of history's greatest leaders and his legacy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14905 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (6 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AO3K00S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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