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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By the former “New York Times” Managua bureau chief, this is brohters well-written, information-rich survey of modern Nicaragua. From that standpoint, the war which is the central focus of the book, and any future cival war which one of the locals told me could happen, is not just tragic nut pointless and idiotic.
But it is still the poorest. Obviously, required reading for any Nicaraguan PCVs. May 31, Ollie rated it really liked it.
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.
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 kinezr. Integrating the Americas Antoni Estevadeordal. Will it worship the Sandinistas as saints? This book is an absolute gem to anyone who wants bloos learn more about Nicaragua. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents.
Looking for beautiful books? As always, the poor country folk and young people were the stephenn who ultimately paid the price. But not content to simply witness from the confines of Managua, the author traveled extensively throughout Nicaragua as events unfolded, bringing color and unique perspective to the overall picture.
In the three wars, somedied and many more were maimed or forced to leave their homes. In this book Stephen Kinzer covers life and politics in Nicaragua from right before the Somoza dictatorship was toppled, until the Sandinistas leaving power. But ztephen excitement sums up my feelings on Blood of Brothers.
Where does this leave the Sandinistas? But, in contrast to 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 was especially impressed with the balance of interviews and anecdotes between powerful political figures and everyday Nicaraguans, providing a multi-dimensional view of the Nicaraguan tragedy in the s.
There have been problems, of course, including small groups who for years never gave up their weapons.
Kinzer kibzer an amazing writer, and he brings the culture and the people of Nicaragua to life unlike any other author that I’ve read on the subject of brothrs beautiful country, a country with so much potential and so much bad luck.
A year brothsrs, 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. With the help of the CIA, the Contras always have a fighting chance. Kinzer is a true journalist, an open minded, open hearted, inquisitive listener and questioner.
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming kf, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Kinzer is a fair, unbiased journalist throughout. I have a couple of other books on Nicaragua on my “to read” list — will be interesting to see if Kinzer’s presentation of the less-than-ideal image not only of the contras which is a given but of the Sandinistas is found in these other books as well.
I can only hope that they will govern more successfully this time. This is a must read for anyone interested in Nicaragua. 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 book makes me feel like I have a strong foundation of knowledge now. You heard rumors about this amazing book. It was rather long but I really enjoyed the authors narrative style and it wasn’t dry or boring.
Wish it continued more into the 90s and how Nicaragua is doing now though. She hesitated for a moment. But more importantly, I think he got he spirit of Nicaragua right.
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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Other editions – View all Blood of Brothers: All the same, I didnt get much out of this book either.
In fact it didnt show any polititcian in a very positive light. I came away from this book without an understanding of the dangers of meddling the in affairs of another country. Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist–and became a witness to history.
Kinzer also recorded the mistakes being made by the inexperienced Sandinista government, though to my mind he gives insufficient emphasis to the extreme difficulties they faced in fighting both a war and an economic blockade, in a country that had been pillaged by Somoza and then deserted by a good proportion of its businessmen and skilled professionals, who fled to Miami and points north.
I thoroughly enjoyed how Kinzer interwove Nicaragua’s history with his personal experiences with the beauty of the country, its culture, and its people. And quite a few of them are happy where they are, thank you very much.