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The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela

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On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of President Hugo Chavez. Led by Pedro Carmona and Carlos Ortega, the opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chavez’s economic policies, specifically his mishandling of the Venezuelan oil industry. But as the day progressed the march turned v ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Nation Books (first published 2009)
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Dec 10, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
The Silence and the Scorpion is a "clocked" account of what happened, where, to whom, and by whom during the massacre of April 11; an event which resulted in the temporary ousting of President Hugo Chavez in 2002.

The author, a confessed Chavista at first, travelled to the country he considered his second home to try to document what the government did its best to hide (and he did so with a refreshing style that makes you think you're reading an novel instead).

Unfortunately, the horrific tale n
Isabel Lara
Excelente analisis de los sucesos del 11 de abril. Describe la euforia de la marcha, la confusion de esos dias, las oportunidades perdidas y lamentablemente el vacio de poder y las medidas extremas que alienaron a los sectores moderados y le dieron chance a Chavez de regresar.
Nov 05, 2015 Daniela rated it really liked it
A lot of people might think that because the writer is not Venezuelan he wouldn't actually understand what went down. But I think because of the fact the he is a foreigner he has a different perspective and does well in telling the stories from many sides all the while not choosing sides.
Jul 22, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book - it gives various accounts of the 2002 peaceful march against Chavez in which he ordered violence against the march. As the military leaders saw it as a violation of human rights, they withdrew their support of Chavez, leaving him impotent. He lost power for three days, in which he was replaced by a wealthy business man who grabbed power in a dictator-esque fashion, which then lost him power over the military. Chavez was reinstated as President and then went on to rewrite the hi ...more
Kevin Kerber
Jul 15, 2016 Kevin Kerber rated it liked it
Was interested in learning more about Venezuela -particularly its modern economy - based on recent events. Couldn't find many books out there actually. This book focuses on a specific tragic story, but provides a lot of insights. Chavez was supposed to be the voice of the poor. But he turned out to be basically a militant socialist who also likely had no idea how to manage the economy, corruption, social programs, or political unrest.
Jan 24, 2013 MdlA.- rated it it was amazing
Este libro nos recuerda a los venezolanos todo lo que bloqueamos en nuestra mente de la cruda realidad de nuestro país durante los hechos del 11 de abril. Personalmente, me ayudó incluso a conocer mejor el conflicto y los personajes involucrados, ver los hechos de una manera objetiva y reconocer los errores del oficialismo y la oposición. Hoy en día, entiendo mejor por qué el país se encuentra en tan deplorable situación. Recomiendo a todo venezolano leer este libro -independientemente del parti ...more
Boris Trucco
Dec 12, 2012 Boris Trucco rated it really liked it
A page-turner, this book is the timeline of the events leading to April 11th coup d'etat in Venezuela. A revealing, surprising and painstakingly researched story showing the forces that caused a major political crisis in Venezuela as a direct result of Hugo Chavez's delirious political agenda.
Aug 03, 2010 Ben rated it liked it
What originally seemed to be an organic confluence of anger and opportunity turns into something that appears meticulously planned right up to the point that one man swears himself in as president and the whole vaina becomes wonderfully, gloriously, and heartbreakingly Venezuelan.
Sep 11, 2012 Pedro-Peter rated it it was amazing
Very impressive and well written book about the events that surrounded the coup.
Oct 29, 2009 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great inside view of early Chavez....
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