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"'Well written, with the solid evidence, this the political survival guide to the land of the next oil war.' Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eva Golinger was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York Law School. Her investigation into US involvement in the coup against Chavez has been covered by major media throughout the US and in Venezuela. She divides her time between New York and Caracas. The Chavez Code is her first book.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Press (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566476
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. Hollman on November 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book is well researched and backed by official documents. The facts seem to irritate some people.

The US was a shining example in the 50's, it has since become like a big locust, it reaches around the world consuming natural resources at an alarming rate, destroying the environment as it does so. Relegating the peoples of their own countries to second class status. Deposing democratically elected leaders. All for the purpose of capitalism, not democracy.

This is not about the spread of Democracy or Socialism, particularly when the US is known to incite insurrection against a democratically elected leader and throw its support behind military dictators who commit human rights violations such as Marcos, Pinochet, Noriega, Franco, etc.

Greed.

This is all about control of world resources and the US companies are losing control around the globe. When they are not allowed to consume someone else's resources at will, the Govt. quickly moves to label that leader in an unfavorable manner, then tries to depose him or her. We would think in the year 2007 the US would have grown up to a point where it simply trades for goods instead of trying to control all goods.

In South America, Hugo just happens to be the most outspoken of the various Presidents. Another problem for the US is that Chavez and the Iranian Pres both want to change selling their oil from the petrodollar (US dollar) to the Euro. (Btw, Saddam made that same threat.) All of a sudden these two have become the biggest threats to democracy? More like a huge threat to US dollar which has been backed by oil since the changeover from the gold standard in the 70's.

I'd like to see your next book delve more into the oil situation and how its sale is tied to the US dollar. I think it would give people a better understanding of why the US meddles in other country's internal affairs, particularly OPEC member and resource rich countries.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on July 9, 2006
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This book proves clearly the involvement of the US government in the April 12, 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

As Saul Landau states in his excellent foreword: `the US government acted in a premeditated conspiracy with the wealthy classes of Venezuela to undo a democratic process in a country with free and fair elections and a functioning legislative and legal system.'

Before the coup, the US penetrated all sectors of the civil society, political parties and Armed Forces in Venezuela; the latter through control of those who had received training at the School of the Americas. During the PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela SA) strike against Hugo Chavez a US company with CIA ties intentionally sabotaged essential equipment.

Despite the fact that coups against democratic governments are illegal, the US financed the plotters, which included representatives of the Catholic Church.

During the failed coup (it lasted only 2 days), all of Venezuela's democratic institutions were dissolved. There were flagrant media manipulations (CNN) and the US press unanimously praised the Venezuelan president's undemocratic ouster.

This shameful saga tells also the story of an assassination (Danilo Anderson) and a kidnapping (Luisa Ortega Diaz).

Eva Golinger did magnificent research under the Freedom of Information Act. She points rightly her finger at the totally biased media monopolies (the Cisneros group controls 70 media outlets in 39 countries).

This book sketches a terrible story of a totally undemocratic intervention in a foreign country by another `democratic' state.

A must read for all those who are fighting for a real democracy.

I highly recommend the TV report made of this coup by Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Brien `The Revolution will not be televized'.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Macdonald Hall on August 25, 2006
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This book correctly shows exactly how the US government has continuously tried to disrupt democracy in Venezuela for its own gains. A very interesting case study for anyone wishing to understand how the US conducts its foreign policy.

The methods shown in this book have been replicated all over Latin America notably in Nicaragua and Chile but also recently in Peru and Mexico.

If you have ever thought that your loony leftwing friends were paranoid ... read this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Parsons on September 11, 2010
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Good reading and also a good introduction to what has been happening south of the border for a long time. The US is not what virtually all think it is and the writer does a good job of bringing this to the fore as it relates to Venezuela. Highly recommended for those who do not wish to always remain an ostrich as well as researchers of US South/Central American policies (as well as others). I gave it a 4 instead of 5 only because it would not likely engage a large audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ELI A. on February 21, 2014
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If you want to find out more about what's going on in Venezuela, please do yourself a favor and buy one from a reputed journalist. Not only was the book terribly boring and hard to read, but it offered practically no useful or valuable information whatsoever. Will be reselling it for cheap on eBay so look for it there. Sensationalist at best...
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on February 5, 2007
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"The Chavez Code" is the most important book for Americans to read when wanting to know about Venezuela's revolution and the Bush regime's intense efforts to stop it. Eva Golinger here chronicles the impressive rise of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution and the amazing failed coup that was pulled off in 2002. Golinger educates the reader with great information and interesting insights, revealing here how Chavez has been dismissed by Washington since first enterting office in 1998, we find out that even in his first days as President the Clinton White House was pressuring him not to visit Cuba before hitting Washington because it would "look bad" (Chavez defied the bullying and still went to Havana first). But the most important and gripping chapters deal with the obvious American intervention taking place in Venezuela, why? Because Chavez has brought a socialist system to the country where the nation's oil wealth is not controlled by a small, white minority. This has of course ticked off the country's rich oligarchy and U.S. corporations which are scared stiff of nationalizations. Golinger provides damning, documented evidence of U.S. involvement and it's knowledge that a coup was in the works. In impressive detail she shows us how much of Venezuela's media has been manipulated to stir chaos and violence through obviously CIA-funded propaganda (think of Fox News times ten). The privately-owned networks have been used to spread false information and were used especially during the coup to shut the public from what was really happening. As Golinger informs us, these tactics are not new and were most famously used by the CIA in Chile during the elected, socialist government of Salvador Allende, who was overthrown by the cruel dictator Augusto Pinochet in a U.S.-backed coup.Read more ›
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