Sandinista Economics in Practice: An Insider's Critical Reflections

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In light of the Sandinistas' 1990 electoral defeat, Sandinista economist Martinez Cuenca offers this frank and engaging assessment of the Nicaraguan revolution and its prospects for the future.

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The author of this book (first published in Spanish in 1990) served first as Nicaragua's Minister of Foreign Trade and then as Minister of Planning and Budget during the 1979-90 period of Sandinista ... Read full review

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Alejandro Martinez Cuenca is part and parcel of the economic catastrophe that the Nicaraguan people suffered following the Sandinista Revolution of 1979. A member of the faculty of Harvard sponsored INCAE, coddled during the Somoza Regime and married to the daughter of a former Chief of the Air Force of the Guardia Nacional during Somoza's regime, Martinez Cuenca personally profited from the vast expropriation of private businesses during the first Sandinista Government 1979-1989 and the theft of government property know as the Piñata once they lost the elections. He ended up in possession of industries started by the Somoza family never having lifted a finger on his own but profiting from the crony giveaway at the end of the 10 year dictatorship of the first Sandinista period. Nothing he writes reflects the true nature of the disaster he helped bring upon the economic development of Nicaragua. He is an intellectual fraud. 


Prologue by Sergio Ramirez
The Path Toward National Reconstruction

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