In 1976, at age 25, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist and became a witness to history. He revisited the country many times, eventually opening the first New York Times bureau in Managua, which he headed for six years. Here is his dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggles that culminated in the fall of the ...
In 1976, at age 25, Stephen Kinzer arrived in Nicaragua as a freelance journalist and became a witness to history. He revisited the country many times, eventually opening the first New York Times bureau in Managua, which he headed for six years. Here is his dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggles that culminated in the fall of the Somoza government in 1979. 16 pages of photographs.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-20 In this well-written survey, the former New York Times Managua bureau chief analyzes the roles of the Sandinistas, the Catholic Church and the Reagan administration in modern Nicaragua. Illustrated. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-15 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 1927-33 anti-U.S. campaign shaped the country's political development and inspired the overthrow of the Somoza regime in 1979. He analyzes the Reagan administration's ``secret war'' against the Sandinistas, and the deception that the contras existed only to interdict arms shipments to El Salvador. Kinzer relates many personal stories of his interaction with Nicaraguans, and he includes the exciting tale of his on-the-spot discovery of a U.S.-supplied contra camp in Honduras--a front-page scoop. He traces the confrontation between the Catholic church and the junta, the peace initiative by Costa Rica's Oscar Arias, the negotiated settlement that more or less ended the conflict and the surprising electoral victory of Violeta Chamorro over Daniel Ortega in 1990. Kinzer concludes that the Sandinistas grossly underestimated the moral power of the Catholic bishops, that they lost significant support by mistreating the Miskito Indians, and that they mistakenly believed they could build a prosperous Nicaragua ``without deferring to the principle of free enterprise.'' Photos. (Apr.)
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