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Among the top ten oil exporters in the world and a founding member of OPEC, Venezuela currently supplies 11 percent of U.S. crude oil imports. But when the country elected the fiery populist politician Hugo Chavez in 1998, tensions rose with this key trading partner and relations have been strained ever since.

In this concise, accessible addition to Oxford's What Everyone N
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 4th 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 2012)
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Robert
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book with the idea of speaking more intelligently with a Venezuelan friend about his country. His father was the Commanding General of the Army in the early 60s, so he had a direct connection to the politics of Venezuela long before Chavez's appearance.

Unsurprisingly, the book's attempted coverage of a few hundred years of recent history in just over 200 pages resulted in facts flying by at a rate that left me, as someone relatively unfamiliar with Venezuela's history, strugglin
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Eric
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This book has some pluses, but once you get into the last 15 years, it goes all ideologue, all in support of the current administration. Hence it totally ignores what is actually going on in the lives of the people, and presents only the Bolivarian Socialist narrative. Worth reading from the perspective of seeing how a very well educated ideologue justifies wearing rose tinted glasses.
Billie Pritchett
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know is a good introduction to understanding Venezuelan history. It's not a perfect book, but it doesn't have to be. It need only be a pretty good sampler of major issues in the history of the country, providing basic information that you can follow up on later.

The author Miguel Tinker Salas argues early in the book that there are two ways that historians or journalists typically think about Venezuela. The first and most predominant way is as a pre-Cha
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Barney
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting and broad, although clearly pro-Chavez and not detailed enough on what he did to accomplish what he accomplished.
Gemini
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
So this book is actually pretty current since at the end it talks about Nicolas Maduro. Trying to get a grasp about what is happening in Venezuela is not easy. This book was helpful but it was in a format I haven't seen before. They essentially ask a question & then answer it, that's basically how they determined what to write. Learning how much of an influence Simon Bolivar had on this country as well as South America as a whole is astonishing. I know not everyone learns the history or know ...more
Ryan
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book had a great depiction of Venezuelan history. It gave an in-depth analysis of the change from a struggling colony to an oil rich OPEC nation.

Unfortunately, I bought the book with the idea that I would get a better understanding of the economic situation that is currently going on in Venezuela. The book talks very highly of the standards of living that came after Chavez, from a deep recession in modern day to the days but I will have to do a lot of research to see what factors actually w
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