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Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the U.S. Paperback – August 7, 2007
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“A thoughtful, well-researched alternative to the majority of information available on Chávez in the English-speaking world.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A reasoned, historical presentation of Chávez's rise to power and the social context which produced him.” ―Political Affairs
“This book is highly recommended reading for those who want to understand Chavez beyond his rhetoric – the real basis of his support and his actual policies.” ―Journal of Peace Research
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The subject of the book, Hugo Chavez, is currently the preeminent symbol of the ideological battle pitting the "Washington consensus" or "neoliberal" policies championed by the IMF versus the widespread populist push to the left seen today throughout much of Latin America. While one can point to apparent IMF success stories in Asia, one must also acknowledge that the IMF agenda has done little to benefit most residents of the Latin American nations. Kozloff's book does an excellent job of showing the reasons why so many in the region are discontented and anxious for a new economic and political direction. Regardless of a reader's ideological leanings, Kozloff's examination of the region can only help inform one's own opinions.
For me, the latter chapters were particularly beneficial. There the discussion expands beyond Chavez and Venezuela to the regional indigenous peoples movement, as well as to the lives and political careers of many of Chavez's South American counterparts: Lula of Brazil, Kirchner of Argentina, Morales of Bolivia, Vazquez of Uraguay, Uribe of Columbia, and Correa's predecessors in Ecuador. This information taken in sum creates a good big picture view of the political currents moving across Latin America today.
While I recommend this book, I feel I should point out that it sometimes suffers from poor editing. I spotted 15 or 20 obvious typos.Read more ›
What I got was a thin read that made me feel like a right wing reactionary because I had a hard time believing crowds of people hum a national anthem while comitting property crimes. Or that a mass demonstration without an underpinning constitutes a revolution, as in the Seattle WTO riots. The chapters read like fluffed magazine articles, and frankly, I could care less where the author spent his time studying and planning his next demonstration. If the timing had been right, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few paragraphs about having tea with Oliver Stone.
There may be a great book in Chavez's story, but this isn't it. One star bonus for benefit-of-the-doubt: Those with a head apparently more level than mine who can make it to the end, might find an oil pot at the end of the rainbow. But I doubt it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting, full of intriguing book about Hugo Chavez.
This book could be The thesis on the political movements in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela. Read more
This is not a great book. It is extremely pro-Chavez. I really found some of the points overwhelming on trying to make him out to be such a great leader and all around guy. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Island Lawyer
It is hard to find an objective account of South American politics. It is MUCH harder to find an objective account of Hugo Chavez. This book comes very close.Published on September 29, 2011 by Kenso
I've been reading quite a bit about Venezuela lately, and this books stands as one of my favorites. Kozloff did an especially good job covering Chávez' activities on the... Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by Jesse Taylor
Provides an alternative view of Chavez from that of our government and the corporate media. Chavez was elected and re-elected democratically by the Venezuelan people with strong... Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Jon Thomas
If mainstream news leaves you with more questions than answers, read this book. It's accurate and informative. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Bob
This book is one of the worst books I have read in recent years.
Nikolas Kozloff, a self-proclaimed anarchist, analyzes the history of Chavez through an inaccurate and... Read more
Hugo Chavez, Oil Politics and the Challenge to the U.S. by Nikolas Kozloff lacks focus, is confusing and ultimately is not worth the time or effort to read. Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by Kenneth J. Miller
With all the criticism of neoconservativism (which is appropriate), it's good that Chavez and this book bring up the issue of neoliberalism. Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by Preston C. Enright