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The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions-100 Answers Paperback – January 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1560257738 ISBN-10: 1560257733

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (January 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560257733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560257738
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,099,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coauthor Boudin--the Rhodes Scholar son of two 1970s activists incarcerated for their role in a high-profile armored car hold-up--traveled to Venezuela to research public policy and explore alternatives to American democracy. Written with the assistance of a Venezuelan journalist and a political analyst for the Chavez government, this book is Boudin's attempt to explain recent Venezuelan political developments to an American audience that knows relatively little about populist president Hugo Chavez, and in doing so, counterweigh the mainstream American media's generally hostile representations of the socialist Venezuelan governments. The questions are generally aimed at the skeptical (#63: Is it true that the media have functioned like political parties?). Their pithy responses demonstrate considerable sympathy for Chavez and his efforts, and are ultimately dedicated to revealing Chavez as a legitimately elected patriot bent on social justice through harnessed oil wealth. More an exuberant catechism than an in-depth academic analysis of Latin America's lurch to the Left, this account will alert readers to media discrepancies surrounding Venezuelan politics and perhaps inspire them to seek out other books on the subject. Brendan Driscoll
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About the Author

Chesa Boudin is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale. While at Yale, he studied at the University of Chile for a year. He has since earned a masters degree in forced migration from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His work has been published in The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, and He lives in Caracas, Venezuela.

Gabriel González has previously published three books in Venezuela and Ecuador. He currently works with President Chavez's team of advisors.

Wilmer Rumbos writes a weekly political column for Las Ultimas Noticias, one of Venezuela's widest circulation daily newspapers.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Student of History on January 18, 2006
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This book is a short, well written, and easy to read introduction to the current political, social, and economic changes occuring today in Venezuela. Creatively organized into 100 basic questions and answers around the chapters/topics of "The Politics of the of the Bolivarian Revolution," "International Relations," "The New Constitution," "Participatory Democracy," "The Missions and Social Programs," "The April 11, 2002 Coup," "The Media," "Oil," "Economy and Land Reform," and "The Future of the Bolivarian Revolution," this work will leave the reader with a great introductory understanding of the current Chavez Regime. Indeed, this book fills the gap that the media in the US/UK (who often dismissed Chavez as a "populist fireband") have failed to provide the last 6 years. The work presents not just necessary facts, but explores the peaceful innovative methods the majority of Venezuelans are utilizing to alleviate their country from poverty in order to create a more just society. It is written by a student, jounralist, and analyst to Chavez's team of advisors. The authors present the sucesses, failures, and goals of the Revolution, the aurgements of the opposition, the problems the Revolution faces, and a coherent history of contemporary Venezuela. I recommend this book to people with an interest in Latin America, current global/oil politics, grassroots politics, progressive social movements, and/or those who are simply seeking the means to improve their local and national communities because in this respect many Venezuelans are leading the way and providing examples. Fantastic book, hats off to Boudin and company.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claire D. Hildebrand on November 3, 2006
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While admittedly this book is pro-Venezuela I found it extremely helpful and easily accessible for a beginner's lesson in Venezuelan history and politics. The format of 100 questions and answers makes it very easy to reference back to certain issues after completing the book. The topics vary across the board and the questions are only answered in a very general sense but that is the point of book-- it is to be used as a stepping stone towards a greater understanding of this country. The author made it a point to keep it general and invites readers to pursue their own research if interested in greater details. The writing was a collaborative effort on the part of several authors, each with very different backgrounds so as to make the book as 'objective' as possible. I wouldn't call the book objective but I would definitely recommend this book to all Americans-- particularly in this time of American anti-Venezuelan propaganda.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Schumacher on March 25, 2007
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This is an excellent, fair-minded, exhaustive overview of Venezuelan history, particularly just prior to and during Chavez.

And it was written in July 2005, so it is pretty up to date.

The authors are clearly on the side of Chavez, but they treat the opposition (the wealthy elite that had ruled for 2 centuries; the corporations; the U.S. government) in great depth--so much so, that it is difficult to see how anyone not in opposition pay could differ.

The only flaw is a dry, dry, dry academic style. But this is minor.

The depth and wealth of information make for great reading.

Clearly, Venezuela is of concern to U.S. policymakers because of oil. If such vast oil reserves are not in the control of the U.S. and corporate interests, what might happen in Saudi Arabia???? Or Iraq???? (Oh, we tried that, and are failing.)

Worse still, in the minds of U.S. policymakers, Chavez is on a crusade to show the rest of South America (maybe even the world), that they don't have to be U.S. colonies any more.

Hence the "Bolivarian" name of his effort--to free the countries from outside domination.
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