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The Silence and the Scorpion By Brian A. Nelson

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A dramatic retelling of how the 2002 uprising against Hugo Chavez evolved into a violent struggle for the soul of Venezuela and control of its most precious commodity, oil

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The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela by Brian A. Nelson

On April 11, 2002, nearly a million Venezuelans marched on the presidential palace to demand the resignation of President Hugo Chavez. Led by Pedro Carmona and Carlos Ortega, the opposition represented a cross-section of society furious with Chavezs economic policies, specifically his mishandling of the Venezuelan oil industry. But as the day progressed the march turned violent, sparking a military revolt that led to the temporary ousting of Chavez. Over the ensuing, turbulent seventy-two hours, Venezuelans would confront the deep divisions within their society and ultimately decide the best course for their country and its oilin the new century. An exemplary piece of narrative journalism, The Silence and the Scorpion provides rich insight into the complexities of modern Venezuela.

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Named one of the "Books of the Year" 2009 by "The Economist"
..".superbly researched..."
..".a compelling narrative..."
..".scrupulously unbiased..."
"It should be read by all those who continue to believe that Mr. Chavez is a worthy champion of democracy and the oppressed." --"The Economist"
..".refreshingly impartial and objective..."
"The 2002 coup gives the author a good handle to employ his impressive investigative and storytelling talents, and he succeeds in shedding new light on the complex questions facing Latin America's most polarize society."
..".a welcome contribution to the burgeoning literature on Venezuela under the controversial rule of Hugo Chavez." --"America Magazine"
"The events of the April 2002 Venezuelan coup to oust President Hugo Chavez are brought to light here in unparalleled investigative reporting by Nelson..."
"His fascinating and harrowing account is part documentary, part eyewitness to history, yet always riveting."
"At times reading like fiction, his enjoyable text is the definitive account of Chavez's ouster and return, devoid of loyal or opposition rhetoric."
"Highly recommended." --"Library Journal"
"fast-paced" & "engaging" --"Kirkus"
"Nelson takes readers from the streets to the halls of the presidential palace, from frightened journalists smuggling tapes of riots back to their stations to be put on the air to a terrified Chavez. ...[H]is status as a foreigner familiar with the culture of Caracas and an experienced journalist and academic gives him a unique vantage point from which to tell the very personal stories of those three days of chaos." --"Publishers Weekly"
..".a must read for anyone seeking to get an unbiased and comprehensive account of the two most controversial days of the Chavez presidency."
"Nelson treats the April 11th events with hard-earned restraint, fairness, and an absence of the kind of confrontation and anger that has come
Library Journal
"fast-paced" & "engaging" --Kirkus
"Nelson takes readers from the streets to the halls of the presidential palace, from frightened journalists smuggling tapes of riots back to their stations to be put on the air to a terrified Chavez. ...[H]is status as a foreigner familiar with the culture of Caracas and an experienced journalist and academic gives him a unique vantage point from which to tell the very personal stories of those three days of chaos." --Publishers Weekly
..".a must read for anyone seeking to get an unbiased and comprehensive account of the two most controversial days of the Chavez presidency."
"Nelson treats the April 11th events with hard-earned restraint, fairness, and an absence of the kind of confrontation and anger that has come to characterize the political debate in Venezuela." --Huffington Post
..".very readable, providing wonderfully detailed firsthand accounts of the coup."
--NACLA Report on the Americas
..".an enthralling read...shot through with vivid details and strewn with telling and yet all-but-forgotten pieces of the April Puzzle." --Caracas Chronicles

Named one of the "Books of the Year" 2009 by The Economist
..".superbly researched..."
..".a compelling narrative..."
..".scrupulously unbiased..."
"It should be read by all those who continue to believe that Mr. Chavez is a worthy champion of democracy and the oppressed." --The Economist
..".refreshingly impartial and objective..."
"The 2002 coup gives the author a good handle to employ his impressive investigative and storytelling talents, and he succeeds in shedding new light on the complex questions facing Latin America's most polarize society."
..".a welcome contribution to the burgeoning literature on Venezuela under the controversial rule of Hugo Chavez." --America Magazine
"The events of the April 2002 Venezuelan coup to oust President Hugo Chavez are brought to light here in unparalleled investigative reporting by Nelson..."
"His fascinating and harrowing account is part documentary, part eyewitness to history, yet always riveting."
"At times reading like fiction, his enjoyable text is the definitive account of Chavez's ouster and return, devoid of loyal or opposition rhetoric."
"Highly recommended." --

About Brian A. Nelson


Brian A. Nelson's work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. He teaches at the Center for American and World Cultures at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he lives.

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GOR005419919
The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup Against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela by Brian A. Nelson
Brian A. Nelson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Avalon Publishing Group
2009-04-14
384
1568584180
9781568584188
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