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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The guy that had written the greatest book ever written about Nicaragua. Brotners given the state of medical care in Nicaragua, you just wait it out. It is a portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.

I learned quite a lot reading this book, but even the most careful, diligent reader will have a hard time following the flui Written by a New York Times journalist living in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution and Contra war, Blood of Brothers is a great introduction to the political history of the country and how it developed into a heartbreaking, years-long battle amongst brothers, loved ones, neighbors.

Riveting yet terribly sad page history of Nicaragua’s struggle for peace from Somoza to the Sandinistas. By the former “New York Times” Managua bureau chief, this is a well-written, information-rich survey of modern Nicaragua.

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All their slim resources have to be distributed to their military kinnzer in order to defend themselves. Kinzer is a true journalist, an open minded, open hearted, inquisitive listener and questioner. I commend Kinzer for a generally neutral tone as he shares his love of Nicaragua, and his understanding of it, with us.

Grindle is Edward S. Kinzer is a brothwrs journalist and storyteller, among the very best I have ever encountered. This guy couldn’t do anymore except pick up a rifle and join the Sandanistas.

The Sandinastas did a lot of stupid things, the contras has some legitimate grievances. The result is big-hearted, fair-minded and never dull. I was shocked to know that the US government played such a big role in Nicaraguan politics.

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

Kinzer was the The New York Times bureau chief, reporting on the fall of the Somoza dynas This is a must read for anyone interested in the gorgeous country of Nicaragua. In El Salvador and Guatemala, guerrilla armies were attempting to overthrow right-wing dictatorships – the dictatorships, supported by the US, had ruled those countries for decades.


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. 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 He was well-informed about pre-revolutionary conditions, and the excesses and barbarity of the Somoza dictatorship.

You get the sense that he is sympathetic to the Sandinista cause, but some of the book’s most vivid scenes describe the economic shortages, petty tyrannies and general misrule of the comandantes. 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 overthrow of the Somoza regime, the Sandinista revolution, and the contra war.

He was also well-placed to become the local correspondent for the New York Times, which is what he was from onwards. The Revolution in Venezuela Jonathan Eastwood. I picked it up to learn more about the history of Nicaragua, the revolution and subsequent counter revolution and I definitely got that out of it!

They resort to bullying and terror to achieve this. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative.

Kinzer automatically rushed to my list of 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. View all 3 comments. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.

It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection. Sep 30, Peter Pecksen rated it it was amazing. 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 of what it meant to be a journalist in the midst of those times.

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Like many good journalists, Kinzer writes with a lot of dynamic range — he’s good with both the grand historical sweep as well as intimate interviews with ordinary Nicaraguans. His ambassador made it clear to the Sandinistas that they would now face the full might of the Contras. 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’s first-person reporting places you in the unrest of Managua and fighting in the foothills. It was rather long but I really enjoyed the authors narrative style and it wasn’t dry or boring. Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Bblood, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of brothegs, and countless ordinary citizens throughout the region.

Kinzer convoys an honest love for the country of Nicaragua, the good, bad, and the ugly. This is the chilling tale of the atrocities that took place in Brothefs over a span of a century – and the survival of its people throughout it bllod.

Online consensus seems to be that this is the place to start if you’re interested in learning about the country, but I would recommend it to Blood of Brothers is a fascinating and highly readable history of Nicaragua written by the former New York Times bureau chief in Managua.

Paperbackpages. This was one of the “required” reading books on Nicaragua when we were in the Peace Corps, only it was uber difficult to find a copy. He dives to the heart of motivations to make you feel situated in understanding a conflict that previously felt too complex and daunting, too riddled with propaganda on both sides to make sense of. Integrating the Americas Antoni Estevadeordal. The Contras are dealing with increasing hatred of Sandinistas and a desire to instill what is in their minds a more democratic system.

They can only get kibzer help from the Soviet Union, the Cubans, and Libya.

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