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Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope, Revised and Expanded Edition

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chavez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy. Drawing on first-hand experience of Venezuela and meetings with Chavez, Tariq Ali shows how Chavez's views have polarized Latin America and examines the hostility directed against his administration. Contrasti ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Verso (first published December 8th 2006)
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Yazeed AlMogren
الكتاب يتضمن عدة مقالات للكاتب طارق علي تتطرق عن المواضيع السياسية والاقتصادية لدول امريكا اللاتينية وكيف تصدى القادة اليساريين والاشتراكيين لتدخلات الشركات والحكومة الأمريكية في القارة اللاتينية، للأسف النسخة الصادرة عن شركة المطبوعات للتوزيع والنشر لم تظهر الكتاب بالشكل المطلوب وجعلت عدة مقالات غير مفهومة
Sep 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good overview for those who are not familiar with Chavez, Castro and Morales. If you're looking for more insight, though, I'd recommend a new book "Changing Venezuela By Taking Power" by Greg Wilper, published by Verso. Tariq Ali is one of the best authors of the left, steadfastly refusing to comprimise his ideals---and unsympatheitc to those who do. (That list includes Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes...)It's a delight to read an author who doesn't try to make excuses for his ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-america
The book is a collection of various articles written about the South American political situation. Its an eye opener as it talks about the influence of the Washington Consortium over the rest of the world. This and other works is essential in raising awareness against the general prejudice of the countries or cultures going against the grain. I found the character of Chavez, Moralis & Castro. Why can't the Muslim world produce a Chavez??
Aidan Walker
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK-this book was written in the Bush era, years before Venezuela's economic collapse and the deaths of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but it's still an excellent, eye-opening read. Tariq Ali has a firm grasp on history and current events, and a keen eye for bullshit, all the while roaming widely in time and geography. He cites a great many writers, philosophers and intellectuals-Montaigne is a favorite of his, as are many later (Enlightenment-era) French philosophes. He points out that in the pos ...more
Tariq Ali describes the rise to power of Evo Morales and Hugo chavez as well as Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got very little out of this book, for the simple reason that there's little of substance here - beyond vague, undocumented, overreaching assertions. On a technical matter, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" are supposedly Fidel Castro (Cuba), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), and Evo Morales (Bolivia). Since when does Bolivia have a coastline along the Caribbean, or any body of water - thank Chile - for that matter?
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Tariq Ali because he always gives such great synopses of the history of a region he's writing about. I wanted to know more about Chavez and Morales and this was a nice introduction. The only criticism I have is that I wish he had talked about their policies in greater depth. Instead, he chose to focus more on their opposition to American policy in the region and the neo-liberal policies of the IMF and World Bank.
Jacob Libby
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leftists, Libertarians, and political omnivores
Recommended to Jacob by: Tariq himself, on DN!
Short, concise, and polemical history of the centuries old Bolivarian revolution and cultural movement in Latin America. How Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Fidel Castro have carried forward the anti-imperialist movement that began against the 18th century European colonial empires. Tariq Ali, as always sharp as a razor blade and biting as a whip.
Debra J.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A readable and well-documented view of how the three "Pirates" (Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Fidel Castro) are challenging the "Washington Consensus" that molds the predominant Northern view of the world (think how Chavez, who has been democratically elected by his people several times, is repeatedly referred to by politicians and press as a "dictator", until most people believe it).
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very educational regarding the role of the press - supposedly free press. If the press reports a lie often enough, people begin to believe it as the truth. He looks at the role of the press in regards to shaping world opinion about Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia.
It reads like a novel.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like so much leftist writing, the bombastic rhetoric obstructs some meaningful messages. The final ten pages previous to the Bolivar section are very good and the Bolivar material caused me to want to read more about that period and him.
Dhruv Sangari
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very sensitive and factual portrayal of the realities of Latin America. A must read for every Yankee! What makes even more powerful is that this is no armchair journalism, but an intellectual analysis based on the author's personal journeys through these countries. Brilliant.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book, and you must read SFY too: Street-Fighting Years An Autobiography of the Sixties by Tariq Ali

Umer Iftikhar
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite read .
Jul 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A specious argument. Yes, Bush is an awful President with Imperialistic ends, but why the hell should we embrace Chavez, Castro, and Morales.
Bob Mabbitt
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not standard beach fare, but really enjoyed reading this excellent political history while in the neighborhood for some R&R (St. Criox).
Michal Wigal
Gives hope that there is an alternative to the Washington Consensus.
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 24, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Lynn
Shelves: staff-recommends
Lynn says:

Chuck full of cogent info you won't find anywhere else in the same slim volume--a worthwhile read!
Reza Mustafa
saya terlalu suka dengan film pirate caribbean. jadi saya tentu saja ingin membaca novelnya juga. karena biasanya cerita novel lebih memukau dari cerita visual seperti dalam film-film.
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death