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. Blood of Brothers by Stephen Kinzer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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His articles and books have led the Kijzer Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling. 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.

Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

Account Options Sign in. It covers so many aspects from a myriad of angles. It’s a sad, sad history full of corruption and violence as the Sandinistas, the contras, and the Reagan-led U.

Kinzer’s first-person reporting places you in the unrest of Managua and fighting in the foothills. Aug 06, Matt rated it it was amazing. There were atrocities on both sides. Instead, I rapidly devoured it in three days, sneaking peaks during breaks at work, at the dinner table, and upon waking up in the morning. I can only hope that they will govern more successfully this time.

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

Kinzer is an amazing writer, and he brings the culture and the people of Nicaragua to life unlike any other author that I’ve read on the subject of this be This is the chilling tale of the atrocities that took place in Nicaragua over a span of a century – and the survival of its people throughout it all. The Brohers are dealing with increasing hatred of Sandinistas and a desire to instill what is in their minds bloood more democratic system. Blood of Brothers is a fascinating and highly readable history of Nicaragua written by the former New York Times bureau chief in Managua.


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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 Wish it continued more into the 90s and how Nicaragua is doing now though.

It was exhilarating to read about a brothefs, where many of the things spoken about, I had seen with my own two eyes, yet I walked right past some of these historic sites because I had no background knowledge to appreciate the history fully. Stephen Kinzer, brothres eyewitness to it all, does justice to both triumph and failure in this even-handed and readable book.

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. It’s definitely stranger than fiction. You really get a sense of how the crazily paranoid mentality of ‘the Communists only need a stronghold in Central America and they’ll take over the US’ led to our read, the CIA’s intervention is the most reprehensible of ways.

Essential reading for anyone interested in this history or the Cold War. The writing is crisp, the action fast-paced, and Kinzer somehow manages to stay well-balanced despite the politically charged material.

It was rather long but I really enjoyed the authors narrative style and it wasn’t dry or boring. How about the Libyan embassy?

Blood of Brothers

One which particularly caught my attention is his comment about how quickly, once peace was agreed, the former combatants were talking to each other and behaving almost as if the war had never happened. An eyewitness to events, he interviewed members of the But not content to simply witness from the confines of Managua, the author traveled extensively throughout Nicaragua as events unfolded, bringing color and unique perspective to the overall picture.


Lists with This Book. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Mar 02, pdxmaven rated it liked it Recommended to pdxmaven by: Apr 19, Lorena rated it liked it Shelves: May 27, Carol rated it it was amazing. As a Nicaraguan who knows Nicaraguan history, I found this book to use tortured logic and twist facts to fit its socialist narrative. 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.

Feb 07, Tania rated it it was amazing.

This is Stephen Kinzer’s dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. Kinzer is an amazing writer, and he brings the culture and the people of Nicaragua to life unlike any other author that I’ve read on the subject of this beautiful country, a country with so much potential and so much bad luck. Kinzer points out that the Sandinistas made three critical errors that lead to their losing the election of I could not recommend this book highly enough for those seeking to understand a little more about Nicaraguan history.