Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle

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Westview Press, 2003 - History - 238 pages
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A concise political history of Nicaragua from pre-Columbian times through the Sandinista Revolution (1979) to the present day, Nicaragua also provides detailed consideration of Nicaraguan culture, society, economy, government, and international relations. The fourth edition remains one of the most comprehensive and readable studies of Nicaragua available in English.

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This book is a propaganda brochure for Daniel Ortega's Sandinista party. Anyone who has never lived in Nicaragua could consider it a scholarly effort. It would be interesting to see what the author says now that Ortega has re-elected himself in spite of the constitution. Ortega and his relatives now own more businesses here in Nicaragua than the Somoza clan ever had. Most Nicaraguans are glad that the Sandinista revolution brought needed changes, but are disappointed that the party has become the party of one man and his family. ... With due respect to the author, I just saw that he has published a 5th edition. The review says, "The fifth edition includes a new chapter detailing the reelection of Daniel Ortega and the irony of his current role in undercutting the rule of law and democracy that he helped institute in his earlier administration." So the review sounds like the 5th edition gives a more complete perspective. 


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Thomas W. Walker is professor of political science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Ohio University. He is the author of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, Fourth Edition (2003, Westview).

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