Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left
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Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left

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In the past few years, South America has witnessed the rise of leftist governments coming into power on the heels of dramatic social and political unrest. From Hugo Chavez in Venezuela to Evo Morales, the indigenous head of state of Bolivia, and Michelle Bachelet, the first woman president in Chile, the faces of South American politics are changing rapidly and radically.
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published January 1st 2008)
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An excellent over view of recent South American developments in the areas of the military, society and economy.
One is tempted to announce a new literary genre: that of the radical-minded gringo who totes his reporter's notebook around sultry South American capitals to get to the bottom of whether the continent's revolutionary sex appeal is more rhetoric or reality. Just below the surface seem to be lurking riddles like, how is it that poor Bolivian peasants could stick it to the elite by pushing Evo Morales into the presidency (twice!), while popular forces in the US haven't even been able to coax Obama...more
Less of a primer, more of an expanded look at S. America (particularly Venezuela and its chavistas). The organization of the book needs help; articles/interviews seem pasted together haphazardly.
I have a weird semi-fondness for reading about leftist governments in Latin America. Go figure.
Informative, but poorly structured and poorly written.
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