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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Read more at http: This b Politics are written with the blood of a nation, and nowhere is that more evident than in a country of great upheaval like Nicaragua during the 80s and the revolution-era, where starvation, poverty and regular burials at the cemetery were a way of life. Kinzer automatically rushed to my list of must-read authors after the first chaper – if he wr I am going to back up the platonic life mate on this one with the five star rating. Every once in a while, you get sick, or get some terrible insect bite, or have some kind of rash.

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He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe stepphen and joining the foreign staff of the New York Times in Through it all, Kinzer covers various aspects of Nicaraguan life, the history behind Nicaraguan life, and the elements that motivate all the different forces at play. It is the most comprehensive telling of the Nicaraguan history that I’ve stepehn, a history which is so permeated by politics that to attempt to learn about it without the story of their politicians and their wars is simply to miss the entire point of it.

But it brothwrs still the poorest. 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.

It tells the story of the overthrow of the Somosa regime realized in the summer of and of the contra war in the eighties during which the Regan regime funded the contra rebels and did everything short of mounting a full invasion of the country to dislodge the c I’ve spent three and a half months in Nicaragua over the past two winters studying Spanish, volunteering and travelling.


I learned quite a lot reading this book, but even the most careful, diligent reader will have a hard time kinser the fluid loyalties and upsets encountered here.

This guy couldn’t do anymore except pick up a rifle and join the Sandanistas.

I bought it, bu I have no specific complaints about this book. We didn’t When I was in Nicaragua this book was like Girl Scout cookies in January – everybody wanted it but nobody could find it. He also describes the common folks in Nicaragua, who are so friendly stephn generous.

Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated it really liked it.

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua (Latin American Studies)

This book is an absolute gem to anyone who wants to learn more about Nicaragua. He saves his more brothres critisism for the Regan administration, the CIA and the state department. May 28, Maddie Rojas Lynch kinnzer it it was amazing Shelves: Kinzer also recorded the mistakes being made by the inexperienced Sandinista government, though to my mind he gives insufficient emphasis to the extreme difficulties they faced in fighting both a war and an economic blockade, in a country that had been pillaged by Somoza and then deserted by a good proportion of its businessmen and skilled professionals, who fled to Miami and points north.

Instead, I rapidly devoured it in three days, sneaking peaks during breaks at work, at the dinner table, and upon waking up in the morning. Essential reading for anyone interested in this history or the Cold War. Did he or she know the Japanese embassy? Instead, I rapidly devoured it in three days, sneaking peaks during breaks at work, at the dinner table, and upon waking up in the morning 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 such a book is a nonfiction account rather than the latest Harry Potter installment.

It was rather long but I really enjoyed the authors narrative style and it wasn’t dry or boring. Kinzer is an amazing writer, and he brings the culture and the people of Nicaragua to life unlike any other author that I’ve read on the subject of this be This is the chilling tale of the atrocities that took place in Nicaragua over a span of a century – and the survival of its people throughout it all.

Kinzer’s book, compared to others on the subject, is more of a general interest, magazine-audience kind of thing. He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe in and joining the foreign staff of the New York Times in This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for democracy, individual liberty, dignity and free enterprise in Nicaragua.


Want to Read saving…. Nov 21, Teresa Bradford rated it it was amazing. Will it go too easy on Reagan?

This book, finally, pulls it all into perspective – I ordered it at the end of my last trip and I’m so glad that I did. In their myopic vision of fighting the evil empire of world communism they misled the American people as to what was going on in Nicaragua and caused the unnessary deaths of thousands of young Nicaraguans on both sides of the civil war.

WHile he makes short shrift of the history leading up to the ‘s, the detailed reportage in engaging. The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged material.

Online consensus seems to be that this is the place to start if you’re interested in learning about the country, but I would recommend it to Blood of Brothers is a fascinating and highly readable history of Nicaragua written by the former New York Times bureau chief in Managua. Dec sephen, Kiesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Hoechst chemical company office? Now THAT would have made for an interesting story. The perspective of the author as a newspaper correspondent first for brothrrs Boston Globe and then for the Kkinzer Times from toyou get not only a picture of what the unfolding of events in Nicaragua during those crucial years, but also a sense of what it meant to be a journalist in the midst of those times.

In Nicaragua, the reverse was happening: They were being assigned to cooperatives, told what to grow, and required to sell all they raised–except for what they ate themselves–to government agencies at fixed prices.

The Best Books of Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x I had originally planned to peruse leisurely this book over the next month to gain an overview of the Sandinista era in Nicaragua.