Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution

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Steerforth Press, Jun 2, 2009 - Current Events - 600 pages
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Ruling elites in Venezuela, the United States and Europe, and even Hugo Chávez himself though for different reasons, have been eager to have the world view him as the heir to Fidel Castro. But the truth about this increasingly influential world leader is more complex, and more interesting.. The Chávez that emerges from Bart Jones’ carefully researched and documented biography is neither a plaster saint nor a revolutionary tyrant. He has an undeniably autocratic streak, and yet has been freely and fairly re-elected to his nations presidency three times with astonishing margins of victory. He is a master politician and an inspired improviser, a Bolivarian nationalist and an unashamed socialist. His policies have brought him into conflict with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and major oil companies. They have also provided a model for new governments and social movements in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Argentina. When in September 2006 he declared at the United Nations that ‘the devil came here yesterday … the President of the United States’, it was clear that he was taking on challenging the most powerful nation on earth, in conscious imitation of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.

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Review: Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

The first and most important thing to say about this book is that it is a balanced portrayal. The cover has a recommendation saying as much from the Times of London, hardly a bastion of left wing ... Read full review

Review: Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution

User Review  - Joaquin - Goodreads

It is one of the best Chavez books I've read because it tried to give both the positive and negative side of the whole story. Good read. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Bart Jones is currently a reporter for "Newsday "and worked for eight years in Venezuela, mainly a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. A graduate of Fordham University, he holds a master's degree in Social Studies from Columbia University. He has also reported for "The Atlantic City Press" in New Jersey, where he won awards from the Philadelphia Press Association. He lives with his family on Long Island. "Hugo!" is his first book.

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