The Battle of Venezuela (Open Media Series)

  • Publish Date: 2005-06-07
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Michael McCaughan

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In August 2004, the Venezuelan public came out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming vote of confidence. After many attempts to unseat him, Hugo Chvez, the former military man who took the country first by coup and then by ballot, again emerged as the peoples choice. It was, in his words, a victory for the people of Venezuela.
Yet despite Chvezs successes, having defended his post in six referenda, two elections and against one failed coup, Venezuelaone of the worlds largest oil exporting countriesis a nation deeply divided. The power struggle between the countrys first indigenous head of state and his detractors expresses a larger conflict gripping the region.
In The Battle of Venezuela, Guardian reporter Michael McCaughan captures the drama of challenges to Chvezs presidency in the courts and on the streets of Caracas. In this detailed analysis of the political forces at work, McCaughan documents the role of the countrys powerful and shrinking middle class, the effects of Chvezs social programs for his mainly poor constituents, and the rise of the social movement whose members proclaim themselves Chvistas.

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