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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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Excellent book about the Contra War in Nicaragua, good detail really brings to life the conflict and all its actors providing great insights. It was out of print.

Blood of Brothers — Stephen Kinzer | Harvard University Press

I thoroughly enjoyed how Kinzer interwove Nicaragua’s history with his personal experiences with the beauty of the country, its culture, and its people. I’m stunned by the extent of the chaos that the United States caused in Nicaragua and I’m super angry at Ronald Regan.

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.

It was rather long but I really enjoyed the authors narrative style and it wasn’t dry or boring. Today’s Nicaragua is different, in that it has been largely peaceful for 35 years, and is the safest country in Latin America. Kinzer became the first journalist to expose this connection, when in March he and a photographer tracked down a Contra camp near the Nicaraguan border of Honduras and were even able to see US-supplied weaponry.

Dec 02, Kiesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Obviously, everyday Nicaraguans are going to suffer in this environment, and throughout Kinzer’s critical reporting of Sandinista rule he doesn’t quite underline enough that life in Nicaragua was better compared to the horrible life in neighboring countries, with their US-backed dictatorships and death squads.


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!

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua – Stephen Kinzer – Google Books

Drawing on interviews with government officials and local residents Kinzer paints a picture of a country in an unsettled state of war. We were super excited because this was the man himself, the guy that had guided our cultural literacy to the ways of Nicaragua. Jun 26, Heidi rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I love Nicaragua – I married into a Nica family and I’ve visited their home country many times. 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 It is the rare book that keeps me up past midnight, frantically turning brohhers under a reading lamp to see what comes next; it is rarer still that such a book is a nonfiction account rather than the latest Harry Potter installment.

From that standpoint, the war which is the central focus of the book, and any future cival war which one of the locals told me could happen, is not just tragic nut pointless and idiotic.

May 31, Ollie rated it really liked it. Stephen Kinzer writes an engaging although sad and depressing narrative about Nicaragua during the U. I was shocked to know brothrs the US government played such a big role in Nicaraguan politics. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of 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.

Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

Sep 30, Peter Pecksen rated it it was amazing. Go Kinxer really comprehensive history about Nicaragua during the war and how it affected its citizens. Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless brotehrs citizens throughout the region.


It is the most comprehensive telling of the Nicaraguan history that I’ve found, a history which is so permeated by politics that to attempt to learn about it without the story of their politicians and their wars is simply to miss the entire point of it. I have no specific complaints about this book.

The Hoechst chemical company office? Aug 06, Matt rated it it was amazing. An excellent read, made all the more poignant by living in the country for the last three months.

brotherd Socially Inclusive Business Patricia Marquez. Stephen Kinzer, an eyewitness to it all, does justice to both triumph and failure in this even-handed and readable book.

Blood of Brothers

The human side of the conflict which ripped the country apart in the 80’s is depressing but it is refreshing to see that side of the conflict highlighted instead of the usual political crap that the main An excellent read, made all the more poignant by living in the country for the last three months.

Aug 11, Michael Griswold rated it really liked it. All over the country, many peasants decided that farming was no longer a good business, and abandoned the land altogether [and moved to the cities] where they found work as middlemen or market vendors, joining the network of speculators and hoarders who were steadily pushing prices higher and making life hrothers and more difficult for everyone.