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’s definitely stranger than fiction. He was also well-placed to become the local correspondent for the New York Times, which is what he was from onwards. Although it tops pages, there were very few lulls as I often gawked at some of the brotherd things that happened in Nicaragua. In practice, as US allies, they were inextricably drawn in.

May 27, Carol rated it it was amazing.

It is the most comprehensive telling of the Nicaraguan history that I’ve found, a history which is so permeated by politics that to btothers to learn about it without the story of their politicians and their wars is simply to miss the entire point of it.

There are a number of quite dramatic passages, as when he first discovers the US-Funded Contras over the border in Honduras, something the US government gad been denying at length in the media. Apr 19, Lorena rated it liked it Shelves: This is Stephen Kinzer’s dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. Every once in a while, you get sick, or get some terrible insect bite, or have brotjers kind of rash.

Both were used as the sites of military bases for the Contra forces, and both were used to channel arms and money coming from the United States.

The Story of the Reagan Administration’s Secret War in Nicaragua, the Ille Kinzer’s book, compared to others on the subject, is more of a general interest, magazine-audience kind of thing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. An eyewitness to events, he interviewed members of the Throughout the book, Kinzer does a masterful job of elaborating on Nicaraguan history since the colonial days up to the Contra years and the conflict with the Reagan Administration.


I came away from this book without an understanding of the dangers of meddling the in affairs of another country.

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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. Kinzer automatically rushed to my list of must-read fo 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.

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The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged material. A whimsical narrative that gives great light to the actual history of Nicaragua throughout the different conflicts, but is a little polished in the realities of the whole situation.

Jul 04, Erin rated it it was amazing. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Kinzer is a fair, unbiased journalist throughout. Kinzer served in Central America first in the s as a freelance journalist and later as a New York Times bureau chief in Managua Instead, I rapidly bbrothers 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.

I can only stepheh that they will govern more successfully 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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To ask other readers questions brothwrs Blood of Brothersplease sign up. You get the sense that he is sympathetic to the Sandinista cause, but some of the book’s most vivid scenes describe the economic shortages, petty tyrannies and general misrule of the comandantes. 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 kibzer 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 Pf, volunteering and travelling.

Reagan’s gambit to outspend the communists worked in the end, but created conflict far beyond Russia and Eastern Europe, with 30, lives lost in Nicaragua.

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer

As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative. Riveting yet terribly sad page history of Nicaragua’s struggle for peace from Somoza to the Sandinistas. 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.

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