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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It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.

Because he spent as much time in the streets and villages as he did in embassies and restaurants, Kinzer was able to understand and report the many levels of reality generally hidden behind fogs of ideology, public statements and political rhetoric Arriving for the first time as a freelance journalist in and then working as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua in the s, the author was perfectly positioned to witness the overthrow of the Somoza regime, the Sandinista revolution, and the contra war.

Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist–and became a witness to history. Return to Book Page. Kinzer convoys an honest love for the country of Nicaragua, the good, bad, and the ugly. And given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out.

Now THAT would have made for an interesting story. Want to Read saving…. 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.

As a very patriotic American, though, I’ve always struggled to understand the politics, the state of their economy, and the differences in their beliefs and lifestyles, as it is so different from any I’ve ever known. Blkod thoroughly enjoyed how Kinzer interwove Nicaragua’s history with his personal experiences with the beauty of the country, its culture, and its people.

In the three wars, somedied and many more were maimed or forced to leave their homes. 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.


An example of public journalism at its best, his book will bliod as the definitive study of Nicaragua in the turbulent 80s. This book is indeed very balanced: All in all, I very brothefs enjoyed this book and feel that Kinzer’s book sets the stage for continued learning about the affiars that happened in Nicaragua during this time.

Throughout the book, Kinzer does keep excellent pacing and describes the characters with vivid detail which makes them easy to remember and allows the readers to follow the events as they transpire.

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Obviously, required reading for any Nicaraguan PCVs. His nonsense books, mo …. Grindle is Edward S. Refresh and try again.

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Nov 21, Teresa Bradford rated it nlood was amazing. In practice, as US allies, they were inextricably drawn in. But also because I approach these kinds of books with a side eye: The human side of the conflict which btothers the country apart in the 80’s is depressing but it is refreshing to see that side of the conflict highlighted instead of the usual political crap that the main An excellent read, made all the more poignant by living in the country for the last three months.

Nicaraguans buried a whole generation of their young fighting to first remove the Somoza dictatorship from power and then a second civil war between the Sandinistas and the Con Stephen Kinzer writes an engaging although sad and depressing narrative about Nicaragua during the U.

Life and War in Nicaragua. The Revolution in Venezuela Jonathan Eastwood. But not content to simply witness from the confines of Managua, the author traveled extensively throughout Nicaragua as events unfolded, bringing color and unique perspective to the overall picture.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Looking for beautiful books? All their slim resources have to be distributed to their military forces in order to defend themselves. May 27, Carol rated it it was amazing. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection. An excellent read, made all the more poignant by living in the country for the last three months.

Dec 28, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Description Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist – and became a witness to history.

I sometimes bought airline tickets from a travel agency whose address was ‘Across the street from Retiro Hospital,’ but there was no longer a Retiro Hospital across the street, or, for that matter, anywhere else. From that standpoint, the war which is the central focus of the book, and any future cival war which btothers of the locals told me could happen, is not just tragic nut pointless and idiotic.


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I have a couple of other books on Nicaragua on my “to read” list — will be kinnzer to see kinnzer Kinzer’s presentation of the less-than-ideal image not only of the contras which is a given but of the Sandinistas is found in these other books as well. Stephen Kinzer, an eyewitness to it all, does justice to both triumph and failure in this even-handed and readable book. Why did Sandinista leaders insist that anyone who opposed their regime was a traitor broyhers the nation?

Maria Silva and Eylin Guadamuz pages points to discuss with other Nicaragua-bound folks: How about the Libyan embassy? I love Nicaragua – I married into a Nica family and I’ve visited their home country many times. He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for brotgers Boston Globe in stepheh joining the foreign staff of the New York Times in With the help of the CIA, the Contras always have a fighting chance. I was especially impressed with the balance of interviews and anecdotes between powerful political figures and everyday Nicaraguans, providing a multi-dimensional view of the Nicaraguan tragedy in the s.

Kinzer writes insightfully, eloquently, and compassionately about Nicaragua, and readers are taken on a journey through the history of the country’s trials and tribulations. As ztephen, the poor country folk and young people were the ones who ultimately paid the price.

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This book is an absolute gem to anyone who wants to learn more about Nicaragua. A very interesting look into the recent history of a country that most American’s don’t know the first thing about – and if they do, what they know has been skewed by our government’s spin.