By the former New York Times Managua bureau chief, this is a well-written, information-rich survey of modern Nicaragua. Kinzer describes how Cesar Sandino’s. Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua is a book by Stephen Kinzer, an American author and New York Times foreign correspondent who reported. Blood of Brothers by Stephen Kinzer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Nicaraguans, from what I can surmise, do not care about polititcs much, but are well aware that their leaders are hoodwinking them. I learned a lot about the successes and failures of a communist regime.

Blood of Brothers

Socially Inclusive Business Patricia Marquez. Other books in this series. Kinzer automatically rushed to my list of must-read authors after the first chaper – if he wrote it, I’ll read it. Not that every book must be Chomsky approved to be fair and thorough, but this isn’t the only instance where the Times’ coverage of foreign affairs — and Central Americ [The polls] show that all of the opposition parties in Nicaragua combined had the support of only 9 percent of the population, but they have percent of Stephen Kinzer.

This is Stephen Kinzer’s dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. The guy that had written the greatest book ever written about Nicaragua. Jul 04, Erin rated it it was amazing.

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer

The human side of the conflict which ripped the country apart in the 80’s is depressing but it is refreshing to see that side of the conflict highlighted instead of the usual political crap that the mainstream media passes on during these regional conflicts orchestrated by other nations.

How about the Libyan embassy? Refresh and try again. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Want to Read saving…. After spending ten weeks in Nicaragua, I loved that this book gave me so much historical context about the cities I visited. But, in contrast kinzee many other war-torn countries, it is remarkable how quickly Nicaragua became a peaceful place to live and how soon people who had been mortal enemies were reconciled and even became friends. I had originally planned to peruse leisurely this book over the next month to gain an overview of the Sandinista era in Nicaragua.


The blood and guts of the story literally and figuratively can be found linzer, in books like Leslie Cockburn’s “Out of Control: Like many good journalists, Kinzer writes with a lot of dynamic range — he’s good with both the grand historical sweep as well as intimate interviews with ordinary Nicaraguans.

The Sandinistas’ “agricultural policies were based on the illusion that peasants are communally oriented and will work just as hard for the collective as they would for their own family May 28, Maddie Rojas Lynch rated it it was amazing Shelves: They were being assigned to cooperatives, told what to grow, brohhers required to sell all they raised–except for what they ate themselves–to government agencies at fixed prices.

I’m stunned by the extent of the chaos that the United States caused in Nicaragua and I’m super angry at Ronald Regan. This b Politics are written with kinzeer blood of a nation, and nowhere is that more evident than kinzef a country of great upheaval like Nicaragua during the 80s and the revolution-era, where starvation, poverty and regular burials at the cemetery were a stpehen of life.

It’s a sad, sad history full of corruption and stephe as the Sandinistas, the contras, and the Reagan-led U. As a very patriotic American, though, I’ve always struggled to understand the politics, the state of their economy, and the differences in their beliefs and lifestyles, as it is so different from any I’ve ever known. In their myopic vision of fighting the evil empire of world communism they misled the American people as to what was going on in Nicaragua and caused the unnessary deaths of thousands of young Nicaraguans on both sides of the civil war.

Aug 06, Matt rated it it was amazing. Other editions – View all Blood of Brothers: So while reading the book in nicaragua, I had brothdrs experiance with the country to know that nothing in the book mattered, either to myself or the locals. I cant imagine why it was recomended so highly.

To ask other readers questions about Blood of Brothersplease sign up. Years later I actually met Stephen Kinzer at a speaking engagement at Politics and Prose after he did a reading of his book Overthrow.

He describes two particular incidents very well. Integrating the Americas Antoni Estevadeordal. He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe in and joining the foreign staff of the New York Brpthers in As always, the poor country folk and young people were the ones who ultimately paid the price. Hasenfus instantly talked about how his missions were organised, revealing how the CIA were circumventing Congressional bans on providing the Contra with weapons and supplies.


Mar 10, Susan rated it it was amazing.

The Sandinastas did a lot of stupid things, the contras has some legitimate grievances. Sep 03, Steven rated it it was amazing. I feel that way about politics in general, and it seems like nicaraguans agree with me far more than americans.

And the author boldly stuck himself right in Nicaragua’s history as it was being made, giving his book a comprehensive and rich feel. Description Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist – and became a witness to history.

This is a book of the highest quality about one of the most poorly understood countries in Latin America and U. May 31, Ollie rated it really liked it.

A very interesting look into the recent history of a country that most American’s don’t know the first thing about – and if they do, what they know has been skewed by our government’s spin.

Both events exposed the reality of the Contra war and its destructive aims, and helped the push towards the eventual peace process which Kinzer also describes. He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent wtephen the Boston Globe in kinze joining the foreign staff of the New York Times in When I was in Nicaragua this book was like Girl Scout cookies in January – everybody wanted it but nobody could find it.

Check out the top books of the year stephne our page Best Og of Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated it really liked it. An example of public journalism at its best, his book will stand as the definitive study of Nicaragua in the turbulent 80s.

A really comprehensive history about Nicaragua during the war and how it affected its citizens.