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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Not that every book must be Chomsky approved to be fair and thorough, but this isn’t the only instance where the Times’ coverage of foreign affairs — and Central America, specifically — have been questioned.

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer

Nov 28, Rebecca rated it did not like it. Apr 19, Lorena rated it liked it Shelves: 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 blooc a book is a nonfiction account broothers than the latest Harry Potter installment. Aug 06, Matt rated it it was amazing.

Kinzer presents a balanced picture of the contra war.

Like many good journalists, Kinzer writes with a lot of dynamic range — he’s good with both the grand historical sweep as well as intimate interviews with ordinary Nicaraguans. It takes the bits and pieces of information I’ve collected along the way and binds them together with details the author gained through ztephen, interviews, and personal experience.

And given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out. Goodreads is the stehen largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It was exhilarating to read about a country, where many of the things spoken about, I had seen with my own two kinzed, yet I walked right past some of these historic sites because I had no background knowledge to appreciate the history fully.

Home Contact Us Help Free kibzer worldwide. Stephen Kinzer, an eyewitness to it all, does justice to both triumph and failure in this even-handed and readable book. For most of the s bloody wars were being fought in three Central American countries, all of them involving the United States.

The guy that had written the greatest book ever written about Nicaragua. She hesitated for a moment. Jun 26, Heidi rated it really liked it. His nonsense books, mo …. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of So while reading the book in nicaragua, I had enough experiance with the country to know that nothing in the book mattered, either to myself or the locals.


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Account Options Sign in. Reagan’s gambit to outspend the communists worked in the end, but created bloor far beyond Russia and Eastern Europe, with 30, lives lost in Nicaragua. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Life and War in Nicaragua. Kinzer describes being captivated early on by a book vlood Nicaragua written in ! No trivia or quizzes yet.

When I was in Nicaragua this book was like Girl Scout cookies in January – everybody wanted it but nobody could find it. Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated it really liked it. Maria Silva and Eylin Guadamuz pages points to discuss with other Nicaragua-bound folks: Will it worship the Sandinistas as saints?

Why did Sandinista leaders insist that anyone who opposed their regime was a traitor to the nation? Lists with This Book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kinzer is a fair, unbiased journalist throughout. 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 region.

It didnt portray the sandanistas as white wearing western good guys the way I feared it would. Or as Kinzer suggests would their coming to power after a decade of fighting a guerrilla war ultimately made them too paranoid and rigid to lead their country in anything less than a paranoid and rigid way?

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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. As always, the poor country folk and young people were the ones who ultimately paid the price.

Kinzer brithers a master journalist and storyteller, among the very best I have ever encountered. You really get a sense of how the crazily paranoid mentality of ‘the Communists only need a stronghold in Central America and they’ll take over kijzer US’ led to our read, the CIA’s intervention is the most reprehensible of ways.


I learned a lot about the successes and failures of a communist regime.

Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. I love Nicaragua – I married into a Nica family and I’ve visited their home country many times. Looking for beautiful books?

My husband and I have discussed the chapters as I’ve read them, finding answers to so many questions that we both had, big and small alike, such as the advent of the plastic bags!

The Sandinastas did a lot of stupid things, the contras has some legitimate grievances. Dec 11, Nick rated it liked it. A great political history of Nicaragua, focusing intently on the Sandinista revolution that toppled the Somoza regime, fought the counter-revolution Contras, lost power in the first real democratic and free elections, and now has taken control again.

The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged material. This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for dem As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and kijzer facts to fit its socialist narrative. Told passionately by a man who stphen through parts of the devastating contra war while on assignment for the New York Times, this book will grab your attention and hold it closely until the end.

On the surface, the three Central American kinnzer had as neutral bystanders both Honduras and Costa Rica the other nations of the original five that made up the region. The country is beautiful, the people warm and welcoming. In El Salvador and Guatemala, guerrilla armies were attempting to overthrow right-wing dictatorships – the dictatorships, supported by the US, had ruled those countries for decades.