Blood of Brothers has ratings and 56 reviews. Frank said: I’ve spent three and a half months in Nicaragua over the past two winters studying Spanish. 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.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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.

I cant imagine why it was recomended so highly. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. The Sandinastas did a lot of stupid things, the contras has some legitimate grievances.

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To ask other readers questions about Blood of Brothersplease sign up. Reagan’s gambit to outspend the communists worked in the end, but created conflict far beyond Russia and Eastern Europe, with 30, lives lost in Nicaragua. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

When I was in Nicaragua this book was like Girl Scout cookies in January – everybody wanted it but nobody could find it. But in fact, no peasants would be actually receiving full title to any land that day.

The Hoechst chemical company office? Socially Inclusive Business Patricia Marquez. Throughout the book, Kinzer does a masterful job of elaborating on Nicaraguan history since the colonial days up to the Contra years and the conflict with the Reagan Administration. In fact it didnt show any polititcian in a very positive light. Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region.


Instead, I rapidly devoured it in three days, sneaking peaks during breaks at work, at the dinner table, and upon waking up in the morning It is the rare book that keeps me up past midnight, frantically turning pages under a reading lamp to see what comes next; it is rarer still that such a book is a nonfiction account rather than the latest Harry Potter installment.

Not that every book must be Chomsky approved to be brofhers and thorough, but this isn’t the only instance where the Times’ coverage of foreign affairs — and Central America, specifically — have been questioned. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place brotjers “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.

I’m stunned by the extent of the chaos that the United States caused in Nicaragua and I’m super angry at Ronald Regan. We use cookies to give you the kinxer possible experience.

The US repeatedly plays the villain in this story — not always, but far too often. Mar 02, pdxmaven rated it liked it Recommended to pdxmaven by: Jul brotherz, Diane Ramirez rated it really liked it. And given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out.

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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.

Kinzer became the first journalist to expose this connection, when in March he and a photographer tracked down a Contra camp near the Nicaraguan border of Honduras and were even able to see US-supplied weaponry. I cannot recommend it enough. Mar 06, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was worth the wait – probably one of the best books on Central American history and Nicaragua, ever.


The Story of the Reagan Administration’s Secret War in Nicaragua, the Ille Kinzer’s book, compared to others on the subject, is more of a general interest, magazine-audience kind of thing. This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for democracy, individual liberty, dignity and free enterprise in Nicaragua.

Where does this leave the Sandinistas? Kinzer is a master journalist and storyteller, among the very best I have ever encountered. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. 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.

Series on Latin American Studies. But also because I approach these kinds of books with a side eye: Drawing on interviews with government officials and local residents Kinzer paints a picture of a country in an unsettled state of war.

I learned quite a lot reading this book, but even the most careful, diligent reader will have a hard time following the fluid loyalties and upsets encountered here. Jul 17, Bill Roth rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Kinzer’s first-person reporting places you in the unrest of Managua and fighting in the foothills. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x There are no discussion topics on this book yet.