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Title:
In the shadow of the liberator : Hugo Chàvez and the transformation of Venezuela
Author:
Gott, Richard, 1938-
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Publication Information:
London : Verso, [2001]

©2001
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vi, 246 pages : map ; 19 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9781859843659
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Book

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In a first-hand report from Venezuela, veteran correspondent Richard Gott places the country's controversial President in historical perspective. Examining Chavez's plans and programs and the support and opposition these attract, Gott argues that this unique experiment may prove a new way forward for Latin America. 'Many people thought if I became president it would mean the return of Hitler and Mussolini rolled into one ... the imagined disaster has not taken place.'Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. The spectre of Simon Bolivar hovers once again over Latin America as the aims and ambitions of the Liberator are taken up by Comandante Hugo Chavez, the charismatic and controversial President of Venezuela. Welcomed by the inhabitants of the teeming shanty towns of Caracas as their potential savior, and greeted by Washington with considerable alarm, this former golpista-turned-democrat has already begun the most wide-ranging transformation of oil-rich Venezuela for half a century, and dramatically affected the political debate throughout Latin America. In a first-hand report from Venezuela, veteran correspondent Richard Gott places the Comandante in historical perspective, and examines his plans and programs. He describes the support and opposition that these attract, and argues that this unique experiment may prove a new way forward for Latin America.


Author Notes

Richard Gott was for many years a senior editor at the Guardian in London. A specialist in Latin American affairs, he worked in the 1960s at the University of Chile, where he wrote Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, the definitive study of the revolutionary groups that arose in the years after the Cuban revolution


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. v
Map of Venezuelap. viii
Introduction: the rains fallp. 1
Part 1 Preparing for Power
1. November 1999: a game of baseball in Havanap. 25
2. The military promotions of Hugo Chavezp. 34
3. February 1989 (1): the rebellion in Caracas, the Caracazop. 44
4. February 1989 (2): the economic 'packet' that destroyed the presidency of Carlos Andres Perezp. 50
5. Douglas Bravo and the debate between soldiers and civiliansp. 59
6. 4 February 1992: the 'military intervention' of Chavezp. 66
7. 27 November 1992: the coup by Admiral Hernan Gruberp. 74
8. Luis Miquilena and the Patriotic Front of 1989p. 80
9. Torrijos, Velasco and the tradition of military rebellion in Latin Americap. 86
Part 2 Recovering the Past
10. The legacy of Simon Bolivarp. 97
11. Robinson Crusoe and the philosophy of Simon Rodriguezp. 109
12. Ezequiel Zamora invokes 'horror a la oligarquia'p. 118
Part 3 Preparing the Overthrow of the Ancien Regime
13. Yare prison, 1992-1994, and the search for political alliesp. 127
14. La Causa R, Patria Para Todos and politics in Guayanap. 133
15. The presidential election of 1998p. 143
Part 4 Chavez in Power
16. The formation of a Constituent Assemblyp. 153
17. Manuel Quijada and the reform of the judiciaryp. 160
18. Ali Rodriguez Araque and the new politics of oilp. 164
19. The economic programme of the Chavez governmentp. 172
20. A new agricultural future for Venezuelap. 179
21. Jose Vicente Rangel and the conduct of foreign affairsp. 190
22. Civil war in Colombia: the future of the Bolivarian dreamp. 200
23. New rights for indigenous peoplesp. 209
24. Teodoro Petkoff and the opposition to Chavezp. 216
Epilogue: The military and civil societyp. 223
Appendix A The rights of indigenous peoplesp. 230
Appendix B Sauce of wonderp. 233
Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 239