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“With the death of Chávez and his spectacular funeral still fresh in the collective memory, the publication of Blogging the Revolution: Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era, a compilation of some of the blog’s best postings, is well timed. It provides an opportunity to look back on the past and to meditate on the future of Venezuela as it teeters between comedy and tragedy. This is an essential read for anybody interested in Venezuela…”
—José de Córdoba, Americas Quarterly
“It is criticism without extremism, and conviction without dogmatism. Read it, and discover why so many Venezuela watchers are addicted to it.”
—Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
“Caracas Chronicles has been an indispensable source of lucidity and perspective in these turbulent times in Venezuela. Toro and Nagel have been right on target, without pretending to be ludicrously impartial; they have been able to rise above polarization, trying hard to make sense of an often implausible reality. Blogging the Revolution shows them at their best. If you are not already a fan, you will become one.”
—Francisco J. Monaldi, RFK Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Director, Center on Energy at IESA in Caracas.
“Caracas Chronicles is a rare voice of sanity amid the cacophony of nonsense that is spouted daily about Venezuela – much of it, sadly, by the people supposed to be running the country. A great blog, and now a book. Read it.”
—Phil Gunson, Caracas-based journalist and broadcaster.
“Through the years of Chavez rule, the best writing about Venezuela in English appeared on a blogspot run by two Venezuelan expats, Francisco Toro and Juan Cristobal Nagel. With preternatural timing, the authors of that blog released a re-edited compilation of their very best pieces in the very week of Hugo Chavez’s death. If you want to understand the deceased president’s bizarre regime, Blogging the Revolution, the book-form version of Caracas Chronicles, is the place to start.”
—David Frum, contributing editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor.
For more than ten years, Caracas Chronicles has distilled Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela for English-speaking readers, providing both context and a home for lively discussion. This compilation by its editors, Toro and Nagel, brings together their best work.
With Hugo Chávez’s passing, Venezuela enters a new era. The time has come to look back on a decade of unprecedented upheavals. From a sharply critical stance, Blogging the Revolution surveys the evolution of both chavismo and the opposition, the disintegration of Venezuela’s public sphere, the political economy of the petrostate, and its impact on everyday life in the South American nation.