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¡Hugo! : the Hugo Chávez story from mud hut to perpetual revolution /
Bart Jones.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Hanover, N.H. : Steerforth Press, c2007.
description
xii, 570 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1586421352 (alk. paper), 9781586421359 (alk. paper)
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author
imprint
Hanover, N.H. : Steerforth Press, c2007.
isbn
1586421352 (alk. paper)
9781586421359 (alk. paper)
contents note
Hurricane Hugo -- Roots of rebellion -- A revolutionary is born -- Testing the waters -- A sacred oath -- The conspiracy deepens -- First betrayals -- The massacre -- Waiting in the wings -- Rebellion of the angels -- Jail -- Secret comandante's good-bye -- On the road -- Beauty and the beast -- To power -- A birth and a tragedy -- First defections -- Oil man -- First revolts and the return of the Iran-Contra crowd -- The coup -- The president is missing -- The aftermath -- Oil strike -- The social missions --The recall -- Striking back -- Twenty-first-century socialism.
catalogue key
6506828
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-530) and index.
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Hugo Chavez and I were sitting alone on the second floor of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. It was close to midnight on April 30, 2007. Venezuela was minutes away from making a small bit of history by taking majority control of four multi-billion dollar oil projects in the eastern Orinoco River basin from international companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp, Conoco and Total. Like many of Chavez's moves, the oil takeover was controversial. His detractors claimed it was another step in creating a totalitarian dictatorship modeled after his mentor in Cuba, Fidel Castro. His supporters responded that he was proudly re-establishing national sovereignty over a strategic natural resource where for years foreign companies had enjoyed a virtual tax holiday. I had a privileged bird's-eye view of Chavez coordinating the takeover. We were alone on the patio from 11:10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. prime time for the president. It was my second interview with him in two days a rare opportunity to spend time with a man flooded with interview requests. The conversations that night and the previous one amounted to nearly four hours. We covered a lot of territory, from Chavez's impoverished childhood to the 2002 coup in which he was almost killed...and at least one sensitive topic he had never spoken about publicly before and I feared might bring the interview to an abrupt end. From the Preface
First Chapter
Hugo Chávez and I were sitting alone on the second floor of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. It was close to midnight on April 30, 2007. Venezuela was minutes away from making a small bit of history by taking majority control of four multi-billion dollar oil projects in the eastern Orinoco River basin from international companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp, Conoco and Total. Like many of Chávez’s moves, the oil takeover was controversial. His detractors claimed it was another step in creating a totalitarian dictatorship modeled after his mentor in Cuba, Fidel Castro. His supporters responded that he was proudly re-establishing national sovereignty over a strategic natural resource where for years foreign companies had enjoyed a virtual tax holiday. I had a privileged bird's-eye view of Chávez coordinating the takeover. We were alone on the patio from 11:10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. – prime time for the president. It was my second interview with him in two days – a rare opportunity to spend time with a man flooded with interview requests. The conversations that night and the previous one amounted to nearly four hours. We covered a lot of territory, from Chávez’s impoverished childhood to the 2002 coup in which he was almost killed…and at least one sensitive topic he had never spoken about publicly before and I feared might bring the interview to an abrupt end. — From the Preface
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2007-07-30:
While opinions of Venezuelan president Hugo Ch vez vary tremendously on a global scale, there are few defenses of him available in the United States. This biography by Bart Jones, a former AP correspondent from Venezuela, attempts to level the ground. Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. For example, when Ch vez characterized President Bush as the devil at the U.N. in 2006, most American news sources presented it as a crude and clownlike gesture. According to Jones, Ch vez is hardly just a jester, but uses vulgarity to remind his friends and his enemies of his humble beginnings, as well as to win a tremendous amount of publicity. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Ch vez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible. (Sept. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-10-01:
Castro with oil or modern-day Bol!var? Hugo Ch vez is as enigmatic to his critics as he is to the Venezuelans who adore him. In two fascinating new biographies, Ch vez is dissected and analyzed like never before, and no world figure deserves the attention more than Ch vez, "that monkey," as he is described by Venezuela's elite, or El Comandante, as he is known by the nation's poor. Venezuelan journalists Marcano and Barrera (whose book was published in Spanish in 2004) offer a clear biographical account, effectively skipping back to Ch vez's early days. From humble beginnings to his captaincy in the army, Ch vez is evenly portrayed as the most influential leader in Latin America. There is a slight pro-Ch vez bias, but the authors remind readers that this president has flaws. A Newsday reporter well experienced in Venezuelan affairs, Jones follows a similar biographical path, but his more in-depth coverage results in a hard-hitting, insightful expose. His book includes more documentation (with over 50 pages of notes), and while he is not overly critical, he is not as kind as Marcano and Barrera. Both books review Ch vez's failed 1992 coup and the doomed coup to oust him in 2002, arriving at similar conclusions. But Jones takes everything a step further, recounting how Ch vez's arrest and imprisonment only strengthened his popularity among the poor and how (as with Fidel) his failure was a critical step in his eventual success. Both books conclude with the return of Ch vez to power after the 2002 48-hour coup, which only emboldened the leader to tackle George W. Bush. Balanced, accurate, and readable, these works are each a journalist's dream and certainly dispel many of Eva Golinger's claims in her blatantly pro-Ch vez The Chavez Code. Highly recommended.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era --Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
"To understand Venezuela today you have to understand Venezuela B.C. - Before Chavez. . . . It is that rancid economic and political landscape that forms the backdrop of Chavez's rise. And it is masterly charted . . . in Bart Jones' comprehensive new biography. "Hugo-biographers too often resort to either stultifying hagiography or gratuitous demonization . . ." Hugo!" mark(s) an even-handed departure from that routine. . . . (Jones) displays an expert appreciation of the local milieu that formed Hugo's personality . . . One merit of "Hugo!" is that it cuts through the hysteria of the Chavez 'threat' to offer a . . . level-headed assessment. . . . Jones' well researched look at Chavez's vast social programs suggests a politician more motivated by common sense than communism." -- Tim Padgett at "Time.com" "Jones describes the story as 'straight out of Hollywood.' Indeed, I lost sleep two nights running because I just couldn't put the book down. I also was so engrossed in the two chapters about the 2002 coup that I got on the Washington, DC metro heading in the wrong direction and was in the suburbs before I became conscious of my surroundings. Despite the novel-like action pace of the book, it is meticulously researched with 55 pages of references and an extensive index. . . . Bart Jones is an ethical reporter who may come off as pro-Chavez because he is imposing objectivity in an area where the reporting has been so biased as to distort reality to the breaking point. Jones believes that both the opposition and the supporters of the Bolivarian "process," as supporters have come to call it, have legitimate points that deserve to be discussed. One of his goals was to make thatpossible by writing a book which upholds the best standards of unbiased reporting. In the process he writes a 'page-turner' that will captivate and educate the reader. This book belongs on the New York Times bestseller list and in the hands of every intellectually curious US adult who questions the right of the United States to rule the world." -- Chuck Kaufman "Chavez's rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . As "Hugo! "points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." --" Washington Post (cover review)" "Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." -- The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low militaryrank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era --Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
" This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era -- Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
"Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." -- The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era --Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
"Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people and Chavez himself begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." Amy Wilentz
"Jones describes the story as 'straight out of Hollywood.' Indeed, I lost sleep two nights running because I just couldn't put the book down. I also was so engrossed in the two chapters about the 2002 coup that I got on the Washington, DC metro heading in the wrong direction and was in the suburbs before I became conscious of my surroundings. Despite the novel-like action pace of the book, it is meticulously researched with 55 pages of references and an extensive index. . . . Bart Jones is an ethical reporter who may come off as pro-Chavez because he is imposing objectivity in an area where the reporting has been so biased as to distort reality to the breaking point. Jones believes that both the opposition and the supporters of the Bolivarian "process," as supporters have come to call it, have legitimate points that deserve to be discussed. One of his goals was to make that possible by writing a book which upholds the best standards of unbiased reporting. In the process he writes a 'page-turner' that will captivate and educate the reader. This book belongs on the New York Times bestseller list and in the hands of every intellectually curious US adult who questions the right of the United States to rule the world." -- Chuck Kaufman "Chavez's rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . As "Hugo! "points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." --"Washington Post (cover review) " "Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." -- The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of the country's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era --Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
Hugo! "is a book fully willing to do what American journalists mostly have avoided, which is to take Chavez seriously as a product both of local problems and of Latin American revolutionary traditions. . . . It is also the most comprehensive of the available books on Chavez." - Newsday " ... stands as the most authoritative and best-researched among the new crop of studies.... The compelling story of Chavez''s rise ... is scrupulously gathered and expertly assembled by Jones. He offers insight into the passion for justice...Jones also excels in providing sufficient historical context to understand Chavez''s ideological formation." Marc Cooper for Truthdig.com "To understand Venezuela today you have to understand Venezuela B.C. - Before Chavez. . . . It is that rancid economic and political landscape that forms the backdrop of Chavez''s rise. And it is masterly charted . . . in Bart Jones'' comprehensive new biography. "Hugo-biographers too often resort to either stultifying hagiography or gratuitous demonization . . . Hugo! mark(s) an even-handed departure from that routine. . . . (Jones) displays an expert appreciation of the local milieu that formed Hugo''s personality . . . One merit of Hugo! is that it cuts through the hysteria of the Chavez ''threat'' to offer a . . . level-headed assessment. . . . Jones'' well researched look at Chavez''s vast social programs suggests a politician more motivated by common sense than communism." Tim Padgett at Time.com "Jones describes the story as ''straight out of Hollywood.'' Indeed, I lost sleep two nights running because I just couldn't put the book down. I also was so engrossed in the two chapters about the 2002 coup that I got on the Washington, DC metro heading in the wrong direction and was in the suburbs before I became conscious of my surroundings. Despite the novel-like action pace of the book, it is meticulously researched with 55 pages of references and an extensive index. . . . Bart Jones is an ethical reporter who may come off as pro-Chavez because he is imposing objectivity in an area where the reporting has been so biased as to distort reality to the breaking point. Jones believes that both the opposition and the supporters of the Bolivarian "process," as supporters have come to call it, have legitimate points that deserve to be discussed. One of his goals was to make that possible by writing a book which upholds the best standards of unbiased reporting. In the process he writes a ''page-turner'' that will captivate and educate the reader. This book belongs on the New York Times bestseller list and in the hands of every intellectually curious US adult who questions the right of the United States to rule the world." Chuck Kaufman "Chavez''s rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . As Hugo! points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." Washington Post (cover review) "Jones''s book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader''s life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones''s precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez''s beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people and Chavez himself begin to take charge of the country''s terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." Amy Wilentz
Hugo! "is a book fully willing to do what American journalists mostly have avoided, which is to take Chavez seriously as a product both of local problems and of Latin American revolutionary traditions. . . . It is also the most comprehensive of the available books on Chavez." - Newsday ,"."." stands as the most authoritative and best-researched among the new crop of studies.... The compelling story of Chavez's rise ... is scrupulously gathered and expertly assembled by Jones. He offers insight into the passion for justice...Jones also excels in providing sufficient historical context to understand Chavez's ideological formation." -- Marc Cooper for Truthdig.com "To understand Venezuela today you have to understand Venezuela B.C. - Before Chavez. . . . It is that rancid economic and political landscape that forms the backdrop of Chavez's rise. And it is masterly charted . . . in Bart Jones' comprehensive new biography. "Hugo-biographers too often resort to either stultifying hagiography or gratuitous demonization . . ." Hugo!" mark(s) an even-handed departure from that routine. . . . (Jones) displays an expert appreciation of the local milieu that formed Hugo's personality . . . One merit of "Hugo!" is that it cuts through the hysteria of the Chavez 'threat' to offer a . . . level-headed assessment. . . . Jones' well researched look at Chavez's vast social programs suggests a politician more motivated by common sense than communism." -- Tim Padgett at "Time.com" "Jones describes the story as 'straight out of Hollywood.' Indeed, I lost sleep two nights running because I just couldn't put the book down. I also was so engrossed in the two chapters about the 2002 coup that Igot on the Washington, DC metro heading in the wrong direction and was in the suburbs before I became conscious of my surroundings. Despite the novel-like action pace of the book, it is meticulously researched with 55 pages of references and an extensive index. . . . Bart Jones is an ethical reporter who may come off as pro-Chavez because he is imposing objectivity in an area where the reporting has been so biased as to distort reality to the breaking point. Jones believes that both the opposition and the supporters of the Bolivarian "process," as supporters have come to call it, have legitimate points that deserve to be discussed. One of his goals was to make that possible by writing a book which upholds the best standards of unbiased reporting. In the process he writes a 'page-turner' that will captivate and educate the reader. This book belongs on the New York Times bestseller list and in the hands of every intellectually curious US adult who questions the right of the United States to rule the world." -- Chuck Kaufman "Chavez's rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . As "Hugo! "points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." --" Washington Post (cover review)" "Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." -- The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of theVenezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of gre
Hugo! "is a book fully willing to do what American journalists mostly have avoided, which is to take Chavez seriously as a product both of local problems and of Latin American revolutionary traditions. . . . It is also the most comprehensive of the available books on Chavez." - Newsday "...stands as the most authoritative and best-researched among the new crop of studies.... The compelling story of Chavez's rise ... is scrupulously gathered and expertly assembled by Jones. He offers insight into the passion for justice...Jones also excels in providing sufficient historical context to understand Chavez's ideological formation." Marc Cooper for Truthdig.com "To understand Venezuela today you have to understand Venezuela B.C. - Before Chavez. . . . It is that rancid economic and political landscape that forms the backdrop of Chavez's rise. And it is masterly charted . . . in Bart Jones' comprehensive new biography. "Hugo-biographers too often resort to either stultifying hagiography or gratuitous demonization . . .Hugo!mark(s) an even-handed departure from that routine. . . . (Jones) displays an expert appreciation of the local milieu that formed Hugo's personality . . . One merit ofHugo!is that it cuts through the hysteria of the Chavez 'threat' to offer a . . . level-headed assessment. . . . Jones' well researched look at Chavez's vast social programs suggests a politician more motivated by common sense than communism." Tim Padgett atTime.com "Jones describes the story as 'straight out of Hollywood.' Indeed, I lost sleep two nights running because I just couldn't put the book down. I also was so engrossed in the two chapters about the 2002 coup that I got on the Washington, DC metro heading in the wrong direction and was in the suburbs before I became conscious of my surroundings. Despite the novel-like action pace of the book, it is meticulously researched with 55 pages of references and an extensive index. . . . Bart Jones is an ethical reporter who may come off as pro-Chavez because he is imposing objectivity in an area where the reporting has been so biased as to distort reality to the breaking point. Jones believes that both the opposition and the supporters of the Bolivarian "process," as supporters have come to call it, have legitimate points that deserve to be discussed. One of his goals was to make that possible by writing a book which upholds the best standards of unbiased reporting. In the process he writes a 'page-turner' that will captivate and educate the reader. This book belongs on the New York Times bestseller list and in the hands of every intellectually curious US adult who questions the right of the United States to rule the world." Chuck Kaufman "Chavez's rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . AsHugo!points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." Washington Post (cover review) "Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." Publishers Weekly "This first major Engli
"Chavez's rise has a made-for-Hollywood quality. . . . Jones provides a superb description of the economic inequities that helped create the conditions for a populist such as Chavez to come to power. . . . As "Hugo! "points out, mainstream press coverage is often hostile to the Venezuelan president. . . . Where Jones truly excels is in his observations of Venezuelan society and the outsized role oil has played in molding the national character." --" Washington Post (cover review) " "Jones's book is thoughtful, comprehensive . . . the best in the bunch." -- The Boston Globe "Without taking a political stance, Jones provides a nuanced account of the Venezuelan leader's life, creating a portrait that is, if not sympathetic, certainly more balanced than previous ones. Jones's precise and entertaining account moves smoothly through Chavez's beginnings up to his current position, making Venezuelan history accessible." -- Publishers Weekly "This first major English language biography of Hugo Chavez is a masterful achievement that finally puts this crucial Latin American figure of the early 21st Century into context within Venezuela, within Latin America, as well as internationally. Bart Jones has gotten hold of great detail and anecdote, and portrays a colorful leader in times of crisis, rising from low military rank to the zenith of national power, as Venezuela and its people -- and Chavez himself -- begin to take charge of thecountry's terrific oil reserves and to flex national muscle on the world stage. An important work for our era --Chavez will in all likelihood cast a long and significant political shadow in the Western Hemisphere for the foreseeable future, and we need to understand this complicated figure as events unfold." -- Amy Wilentz
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Hugo!is a work of narrative nonfiction for the general reader by an American journalist who knows the country intimately and who witnessed Chavez's rise to power. This up-to-the-minute political biography provides extensive new information about Chavez and the modern history of a country that is one of the world's top producers of both oil and beauty queens. In dramatic fashion Hugo! gives full accounts of Chavez's impoverished childhood, his years in the West Point of Venezuela, the discovery of his guiding light, Simon Bolivar, his secret, decade-long conspiracy in the military, the 1989 massacre that shocked the nation and propelled his movement into action, the 1992 coup that lifted him from obscurity to fame, his two years in prison, his road to the presidency as he fought off the challenge of a former Miss Universe, the 2002 coup in which he was kidnapped and nearly killed, and a strike a few months later that shut down the oil industry and nearly strangled the economy. The full stories of many of these episodes have never been told before in English or Spanish. Based in part on interviews with key people in Chavez's conspiracy and his presidency, the book gets at "Who is Hugo Chavez?" and "What is Venezuela?" unlike any previous work. This balanced account will enable readers to understand the controversial man behind the famous September 2006 UN speech in which Chavez called George Bush "the devil."
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Hugo Chavez and I were sitting alone on the second floor of the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. It was close to midnight on April 30, 2007. Venezuela was minutes away from making a small bit of history by taking majority control of four multibillion-dollar oil projects in the eastern Orinoco River basin from international companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp, Conoco, and Total. Like many of Chavez's moves, the oil takeover was controversial. His detractors claimed it was another step in creating a totalitarian dictatorship modeled after Fidel Castro, his mentor. His supporters responded that he was proudly re-establishing national sovereignty over a strategic natural resource that had been exploited for years by foreign companies enjoying a virtual tax holiday. I had a privileged view as Chavez coordinated the takeover. We were alone on the patio from 11:10 P.M. to 1:50 A.M. - prime time for the president. It was my second interview with him in two days - a rare opportunity to spend time with a man flooded by interview requests. In conversations that night and the previous one we had talked for nearly four hours. We covered a lot of territory, from Chavez's impoverished childhood to the 2002 coup in which he was almost killed ... and at least one sensitive topic he had never spoken about publicly and I feared might bring the interview to an abrupt end. Book jacket.
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Bart Jones knows Venezuela intimately and was an eyewitness to President Hugo Chavez's rise to power. In Hugo! he tells the story of Chavez's impoverished childhood, his military career and the decade of clandestine political activity that ended in a failed attempt to seize power in 1992. He describes the election campaign against a former Miss Universe that finally won Chavez the Presidency and the dramatic reversals of fortune that have marked it: the struggle to reform the Venezuelan economy, the coup attempt of 2002 in which he was kidnapped and faced summary execution, and the oil industry strike that followed. The full stories of many of these episodes have never been told before in English or Spanish. Hugo! is scrupulously researched and sourced, and as compelling to read as a good novel. The ruling elites and popular media in Venezuela and the United States oversimplify by casting Chavez as the heir to Fidel Castro, and more often than not, they have their facts wrong. The truth is more complex, and more interesting. The leader of one of the most powerful economies in Latin America is determined to try to use his country's wealth to help the poor majority. The Chavez that emerges from Jones' account is neither a plaster saint nor a revolutionary tyrant. He is a master politician democratically elected to the presidency three times an inspired improviser, a Bolivarian nationalist and an unashamed socialist. His policies have brought him into conflict with the IMF and the World Bank, the major oil companies and the Bush White House. By the time he arrived at the United Nations in September 2006 he had become a figure on the world stage. When he declared that 'the devil came here yesterday ... the President of the United States', it was clear that, right or wrong, one man was taking on the might of most powerful nation on earth, in conscious imitation of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.
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Bart Jones knows Venezuela intimately and was an eyewitness to President Hugo Chavez's rise to power. InHugo!he tells the story of Chavez's impoverished childhood, his military career and the decade of clandestine political activity that ended in a failed attempt to seize power in 1992. He describes the election campaign against a former Miss Universe that finally won Chavez the Presidency and the dramatic reversals of fortune that have marked it: the struggle to reform the Venezuelan economy, the coup attempt of 2002 in which he was kidnapped and faced summary execution, and the oil industry strike that followed. The full stories of many of these episodes have never been told before in English or Spanish.Hugo!is scrupulously researched and sourced, and as compelling to read as a good novel. The ruling elites and popular media in Venezuela and the United States oversimplify by casting Chavez as the heir to Fidel Castro, and more often than not, they have their facts wrong. The truth is more complex, and more interesting. The leader of one of the most powerful economies in Latin America is determined to try to use his country's wealth to help the poor majority. The Chavez that emerges from Jones' account is neither a plaster saint nor a revolutionary tyrant. He is a master politician democratically elected to the presidency three times an inspired improviser, a Bolivarian nationalist and an unashamed socialist. His policies have brought him into conflict with the IMF and the World Bank, the major oil companies and the Bush White House. By the time he arrived at the United Nations in September 2006 he had become a figure on the world stage. When he declared that 'the devil came here yesterday ... the President of the United States', it was clear that, right or wrong, one man was taking on the might of most powerful nation on earth, in conscious imitation of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.
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Bart Jones knows Venezuela intimately and was an eyewitness to President Hugo Chavez's rise to power. In "Hugo!" he tells the story of Chavez's impoverished childhood, his military career and the decade of clandestine political activity that ended in a failed attempt to seize power in 1992. He describes the election campaign against a former Miss Universe that finally won Chavez the Presidency and the dramatic reversals of fortune that have marked it: the struggle to reform the Venezuelan economy, the coup attempt of 2002 in which he was kidnapped and faced summary execution, and the oil industry strike that followed. The full stories of many of these episodes have never been told before - in English or Spanish. "Hugo!" is scrupulously researched and sourced, and as compelling to read as a good novel. The ruling elites and popular media in Venezuela and the United States oversimplify by casting Chavez as the heir to Fidel Castro, and more often than not, they have their facts wrong. The truth is more complex, and more interesting. The leader of one of the most powerful economies in Latin America is determined to try to use his country's wealth to help the poor majority. The Chavez that emerges from Jones' account is neither a plaster saint nor a revolutionary tyrant. He is a master politician -- democratically elected to the presidency three times -- an inspired improviser, a Bolivarian nationalist and an unashamed socialist. His policies have brought him into conflict with the IMF and the World Bank, the major oil companies and the Bush White House. By the time he arrived at the United Nations in September 2006 he had become a figure on the world stage. When he declared that 'the devilcame here yesterday ... the President of the United States', it was clear that, right or wrong, one man was taking on the might of most powerful nation on earth, in conscious imitation of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Hurricane Hugop. 1
Roots of Rebellionp. 21
A Revolutionary Is Bornp. 38
Testing the Watersp. 56
A Sacred Oathp. 67
The Conspiracy Deepensp. 83
First Betrayalsp. 98
The Massacrep. 111
Waiting in the Wingsp. 125
Rebellion of the Angelsp. 131
Jailp. 161
Secret Comandante's Good-Byep. 177
On the Roadp. 187
Beauty and the Beastp. 205
To Powerp. 226
A Birth and a Tragedyp. 248
First Defectionsp. 261
Oil Manp. 278
First Revolts and the Return of the Iran-Contra Crowdp. 291
The Coupp. 311
The President Is Missingp. 341
The Aftermathp. 366
Oil Strikep. 372
The Social Missionsp. 388
The Recallp. 402
Striking Backp. 417
Twenty-First-Century Socialismp. 433
Afterwordp. 457
Acknowledgmentsp. 473
Notesp. 475
Indexp. 531
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