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Bush Versus Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela
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on February 21, 2014
I'm not a Bush supporter, but even with that, I couldn't bear reading one more page of this book after page 15. Really, really bladly written. It almost feels as though it was written in a drunken rush. You would expect better journalism when writing such a provocative book, but I guess it's easier to make up for poor journalism with flashy covers.
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on May 5, 2008
Is the United States funding Counter-revolutionary groups in Venezuela? Yes, says "Bush vs Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela". Claiming that American taxpayer dollars are funding, albeit indirectly, organizations that fund the counter-revolutionary groups of Venezuela, in hopes for gaining favor with Latin America's most oil rich nation. More frightening, there is a build up of US troops in the Caribbean that are ready to threaten the Venezuelan people and their governments. "Bush vs Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela" is highly recommended for community library social issues collections and for anyone who wants a look into the shadier actions of the Bush Administration.
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on November 8, 2007
The author, a lawyer and a dual citizen of Venezuela and the United States, has literally risked her life to publish this book. She has received numerous death threats and plenty of insults. A sequel to her previous bestseller, "The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela", it examines secret US documents that reveal how hard the Bush administration is trying to overthrow the democratically-elected Venezuelan government.

"Follow the money trail" is good advice for any investigative journalist, and Golinger does just that. By studying thousands of US government documents obtained through exhaustive requests of every relevant department through the Freedom of Information Act, she is revealing proof of manipulation and covert operations to overthrow Chávez.

Historians generally do this work decades after major upheavals in Latin America. Golinger is doing this research now, in "real-time", to break the secrecy of Bush's imperial designs and to prevent a coup in the making.
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on February 21, 2014
Out of all the books I've read on the subject, this is by far, THE WORST! I'm majoring in Latin American Studies and Political Science and let me tell you, this book is a complete and utter JOKE! How come this kind of crap gets published? I really tried to like it, I forced myself to read it but finally gave up and sold it really cheap on eBay. If you're thinking about buying this, do yourself a favor and buy a book from a reputed and knowledgeable journalist. That, or donate the money to a charity, seriously. You'll thank me for it.
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on September 21, 2008
This book marshals indisputable evidence that the U.S. government and its supporters among the Venezuelan elite have been trying to overthrow Hugo Chavez, using all the tricks in the U.S. playbook covering 50 years of covert action experience in Latin America. Possibly as a result of its murderous bumbling in Iraq, and the distraction and diversion of resources it has caused, the U.S. government has so far failed.

Then again, it could also be because Latin Americans have become better prepared to deal with the U.S. government's illegal, undemocratic and imperialist ways...
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on April 30, 2013
Hugo Chavez, clown prince of a decaying society

This work is an utter joke, which armchair socialists wax poetic while basically the latter portion of my family tries to find basic house hold items, votes are burned, murder rates increase, billions are given to Cuba, repression and governmental overreach and abuses occur daily.

This work is a pathetic regurgitation of the state's media funding this woman, and it's a shame Amazon even carries it.

Venezuela, with a population smaller than Canada's, suffers more homicides than the United States. Robberies at gunpoint -- "express kidnappings" as they are called -- are regular occurrences in middle-class neighborhoods. And if middle-class neighborhoods evince any disaffection from the regime, they lose what little police protection they have, or even discover the police suddenly abetting and aiding the criminals that prey upon their community.

Property is seized. Businesses are arbitrarily nationalized. Conversations are eavesdropped upon. The Internet is policed, at least to the best of the (very limited) ability of Venezuela's not very competent security forces.

Hugo Chavez has laid Venezuela's economy to waste. One of the world's great energy producers must turn its streetlamps off at night. One of the world's wealthiest exporters cannot afford to import enough food. One of the world's energy superpowers is seeing its production slowly dwindle away because of chronic under-investment in the oil fields and the loss of access to technology as foreign companies are harassed and expropriated.
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