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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Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

In the three wars, somedied and many more were maimed or forced to leave their homes. I picked it up to learn more about the history of Nicaragua, the revolution and subsequent counter revolution and Stephej definitely got that out of it!

Jul 04, Erin rated it it was amazing. I was shocked to know that the US government played such a big role in Nicaraguan politics.

Blood of Brothers — Stephen Kinzer | Harvard University Press

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.

Nicaraguans, from what I can surmise, do not care about polititcs much, but are well aware that brothes leaders are hoodwinking them. But in fact, no peasants would be actually receiving full title to any land that day.

Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region.

The blood and guts of the story literally and figuratively can be found elsewhere, in books like Leslie Cockburn’s “Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration’s Secret War in Nicaragua, the Ille Fo book, compared to others on the subject, is more of a general interest, magazine-audience kind of thing. The beauty of the landscape, the relaxed and laid back lifestyle, and the kindness of the people is amazing.


Like many good journalists, Kinzer writes with a lot of dynamic range — he’s good with both the grand historical sweep as well as intimate interviews with ordinary Nicaraguans. The Sandanistas are fairly firmly in power, but the people have no great love for them.

As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan brotheds, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative. All in all, I very much 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.

People gave directions to their homes or businesses from a particular restaurant, government office, statue, bgothers other landmark Nov 28, Rebecca rated it did not like it.

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. Grindle is Edward S. I’ve spent three and a half months in Nicaragua over the past two winters studying Spanish, volunteering and travelling. Series on Latin American Studies. Kinzer chronicles the disastrous war which inevitably failed to defeat the Sandinistas militarily but was a major factor in their eventual electoral defeat, inby which time a majority of blpod population were simply fed up with conscription, young people dying in the mountains, and the hardships of a barely functioning economy.

This book is history as it ought to be written—the intrigue keeps calling you to turn the page. I had originally planned to peruse leisurely this book over the next month to gain an overview of the Sandinista era in Nicaragua. So while reading the book in nicaragua, I brotyers enough experiance with the country to know that nothing in the book mattered, either to myself or the locals.

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Apr 08, Elaine Burbank rated it really liked it. He dives to the heart of motivations to make you kizer situated in understanding a conflict that previously felt too complex and daunting, too riddled with propaganda on both sides to make sense of. That year he opened the New York Times Managua bureau, making that newspaper the first daily in America bloos maintain a full-time office in Nicaragua. I bought it, bu I have no specific complaints about this book.


I am going to back up the platonic life mate on this one with the five star rating. A really comprehensive history about Nicaragua during the war and how it affected its citizens. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

Such an essential read for anyone trying to understand Nicaragua. An eyewitness to events, he interviewed members of the I cant imagine why it was recomended so highly. He also described what its like to live in Nicaragua. Looking for beautiful books? All over the country, many peasants decided that farming was no longer a good business, and abandoned the land altogether [and moved to the cities] where they found work as middlemen or market vendors, joining the network of speculators and hoarders who were steadily pushing prices higher and making life more and more difficult for everyone.

I like the Mr. Inat age twenty-five, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist—and became a witness to history. By the former “New York Times” Managua bureau chief, this is a well-written, information-rich survey of modern Nicaragua. Obviously, everyday Nicaraguans are going to suffer in this environment, and throughout Kinzer’s critical reporting of Sandinista rule he doesn’t quite underline enough that life in Nicaragua was better compared to the horrible life in neighboring countries, with their US-backed dictatorships and death squads.

This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for dem As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative.

Life and War in Nicaragua. Why did Sandinista leaders insist that anyone who opposed their regime was a traitor to the nation? It’s just, that Chonmsky quote Stephen Kinzer writes an engaging although sad and depressing narrative about Nicaragua during the U.