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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There have been problems, of course, including small groups who for years never gave up their weapons. Dec 02, Kiesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: The perspective of the author as a newspaper correspondent first for the Boston Globe and then for the NY Times from toyou get not only a picture of what the unfolding of events in Nicaragua during those crucial years, but also a sense hrothers what it meant to be a journalist in the midst of those times.

The Sandinistas’ “agricultural policies were based on the illusion that peasants are communally oriented and will work just as hard for the collective kinze they would for their own family When Sandinistas began trying to regulate their lives and work, the result was predictable. He also described what its brothere to live in Nicaragua.

Blood of Brothers

View all 3 comments. And quite a few of them are happy where they are, thank you very much.

How about the Libyan embassy? All the same, I didnt get much out of this book either.

Kinzer was the The New York Times bureau chief, reporting on the fall of the Somoza dynasty in which led to brothfrs decade of Sandinista rule and civil war. Nov 21, Teresa Bradford rated it it was amazing. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. He was also well-placed to become the local correspondent for the New York Times, which is what he was from onwards. Book ratings by Goodreads. Essential reading for anyone interested in this history or the Cold War.


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.

Why did Sandinista leaders insist that anyone who opposed their regime was a traitor to the nation?

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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 dissidents, heads kimzer state, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region. Return to Book Page.

It is a portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection. For most of the s bloody wars were being fought in three Central American countries, all of them involving the United States. She insisted that I read this book. Blood of Brothers Stephen Kinzer.

Jul 24, Andrew rated it it was amazing. It’s a good overview, and a good place to start for a novice on the subject, but I didn’t come away with anything more than general review, a kind of “lay of the land” function.

Years later I actually met Stephen Kinzer at a speaking engagement at Politics and Prose after he did a reading of his book Overthrow. Its too bad that there are so few books out there about the history of such a country. The Sandanistas are fairly firmly in power, but the people have od great love for them. His ambassador made it clear to the Sandinistas that they would now face the full might of the Contras.

Arriving for the first time as a freelance journalist in and then working as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua in the s, the author was perfectly positioned to witness the blooc of the Somoza regime, the Sandinista revolution, and the contra war.

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

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Jan 07, Matthew rated it liked it. All over the country, many peasants decided that farming was no longer a good business, and abandoned the land altogether [and moved to the cities] where they found work as kinnzer or market vendors, joining the network of speculators and hoarders who were steadily pushing prices higher and making life more and more difficult for everyone.

I have a couple of other brotjers on Nicaragua on my “to read” list — will be interesting to see if Kinzer’s presentation of the less-than-ideal image not only of the contras which is a given but of the Sandinistas is found in these other books as well. I have no specific complaints about this book. But our excitement sums up my feelings on Blood of Brothers. Kinzer automatically rushed to my list borthers must-read authors 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.

bgothers I cannot recommend it enough. Today’s Nicaragua is different, in that it has been largely peaceful for 35 years, and is the safest country in Latin America. Politics are written with the blood of a nation, and nowhere is that more evident than in a country of great upheaval like Nicaragua during the 80s and the revolution-era, where starvation, poverty and regular burials at the cemetery were a way of life.

It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection. There were atrocities on both sides.