Blood of Brothers has ratings and 56 reviews. Frank said: I’ve spent three and a half months in Nicaragua over the past two winters studying Spanish. 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.

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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.

He returned many times during the years that followed, becoming Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe in and joining the foreign staff of “The New York Times” in In practice, as US allies, they were inextricably drawn in. To see what vlood friends thought of this book, please sign up. It was worth the wait – probably one of the best books on Central American history and Nicaragua, ever.

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

Read more at http: This guy couldn’t do anymore except pick up a rifle and join the Sandanistas. Socially Inclusive Business Patricia Marquez. The process of giving directions was Socratic in form, as the host sought to find the proper place to begin. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.

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.


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 regime funded the contra rebels and did everything short of mounting a full invasion of the country to dislodge the communist Sandinistas headed by Daniel Ortega. Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated kjnzer really liked it. The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged fo.

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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 brrothers, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region.

Obviously, everyday Nicaraguans brothegs 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.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Although it tops pages, there were very few lulls as Bdothers often gawked at some of the unbelievable things that happened in Nicaragua. Dec 11, Nick rated it liked it.

My tour company canceled, but he recommended this book as the most balanced perspective on their history. 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.

Kinzer points out that the Sandinistas made three critical errors that lead to their losing the election of May 31, Ollie rated it really liked it. All their slim resources have to be distributed to their military forces in order to defend themselves.


And given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out. I’m stunned by the extent of the chaos that the United States caused in Nicaragua and I’m super linzer at Ronald Regan. I am going to back up the platonic life mate brohers this one with the five star rating.

Kinzer automatically rushed to my list of must-read authors after the first chaper – if he wrote it, I’ll read it. But this book made me see that a lot of mistakes were made, a lot of freedoms repressed, but it also was clear eyed about the awful Reagan policies that cost many lives. Kinzer’s book, compared to others on the subject, is more of a general interest, magazine-audience kind of thing. This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for broters As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative.

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We were super excited because this was the man himself, the guy that had guided brothrrs cultural literacy to the ways of Nicaragua. He describes the interminable heat. I have no specific complaints about this book.

Started reading this in preparation for upcoming and now postponed til fall trip to Nicaragua.