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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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 Times in And given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out. This is a book of the highest quality about one of the most poorly understood countries in Latin America and U. And quite a few of them are happy where they are, thank you very much. 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 Brothwrs in Instead, Btothers rapidly devoured it in three days, sneaking peaks during breaks at broters, at the dinner fo, 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.

Stephdn reading this in preparation for upcoming and now postponed til fall trip to Nicaragua. She insisted that I read this book.

Both were used as the sites of military bases for the Contra forces, and both were used to channel arms and money coming from the United States.

Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

A year ago, I told a freind that I was headed to nicaragua, that Id never been to central america, and that I wanted to know all I could.

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.


There are a number of quite dramatic passages, as when he first discovers the US-Funded Contras over the border in Honduras, something the US government gad been denying at length in the media. Politics are written with the blood of a nation, and nowhere is that more evident than in 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 way of life. This is the chilling tale of the atrocities that took place in Nicaragua over a span of a century – and the survival of its people throughout it all.

Refresh and try again. Review quote By the former New York Times Managua bureau chief, this is a well-written, information-rich survey of modern Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, the reverse was happening: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I could not recommend this book highly enough for those seeking to understand a little more about Nicaraguan history.


I was especially impressed with the balance of interviews and anecdotes between powerful political brohhers and everyday Nicaraguans, providing a multi-dimensional view of the Nicaraguan tragedy in the s.

Kinzer also discusses the impact of the Sandinista and Samoza policies on the people of Nicaragua and why Nicaragua continues to be a place of intrigue. But in fact, no peasants would be actually receiving full title to any land that day.

Everybody knew somebody that had read it and raved about it, but nobody knew where to get a copy. The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged material. In this book Stephen Kinzer covers life and politics in Nicaragua from right before the Somoza dictatorship was toppled, until the Sandinistas leaving power.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Kinzer’s first-person reporting places you in the unrest of Managua and fighting in the foothills. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

Blood of Brothers Stephen Kinzer. WHile he makes short shrift of the history leading up to the ‘s, the detailed reportage in engaging. Wish it continued more into the 90s and how Nicaragua is doing now though. A whimsical narrative that gives great light to the actual history of Nicaragua throughout the different conflicts, but is a little polished in the realities of the whole situation. Every once in a while, you get sick, or get some terrible insect bite, or have some kind of rash.


I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting this book was!

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Mar 02, pdxmaven rated it liked it Recommended to pdxmaven by: They can only get outside help from the Soviet Union, the Cubans, and Libya. He is quick to make baseless assertions backed only by phrases like “though I could never prove it, I knew ‘so-and-so’ to be true”.

It is very well written and gives a raw, candid look at life during the Nicaraguan civil war and kizer much negative influence the United States had on the war. I was shocked to know that the US government played such a big role in Nicaraguan politics.

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Looking for beautiful books? Feb 07, Tania rated it it was amazing. Because he spent as much time in the streets and villages as he did in embassies and restaurants, Kinzer was able to understand and report the many levels of reality generally hidden behind fogs of ideology, public statements and political rhetoric Kinzer is a true journalist, an open minded, open hearted, inquisitive listener and questioner.

Could the Sandinistas been able to end up with a more moderate and more progressive regime had that not happened? Not the same guy.

Description Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist – and became a witness to history. I lived in Nicaragua for nine months, am dating a “Nica”, and have been back for visits three times.

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