Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cowboy In Caracas

A North American's Memoir of Venezuela's Democratic Revolution
by Charles Hardy
Curbstone Press

"Read this important book, and drop the propaganda sandwich in the trash where it
belongs."--Peter Coyote, actor/writer

"Charles Hardy has given us a unique perspective on the Chávista revolution
as viewed from a cardboard shack on a hillside barrio in Caracas. Writing in
a graceful and conversational style in a series of vignettes, Hardy conveys
with genuine affection and admiration the dignity and courage of the
ordinary people of Venezuela.... This book is a must read for all
Americans--but a must read that you won't be able to put down."
--Dave Lindorff, columnist for Counterpunch and co-author with Barbara Olshansky of
The Case for Impeachment

"This book is an antidote to the poisenous US government mantra against
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Ironically, "Cowboy" isn't about Chávez,
but about the exciting processes he has helped initiate and about the
awakening of Venezuela's poor whom the US media neglects."
--Saul Landau,
author of A Bush Botox World

No president today is more controversial than Venezuela's Hugo Chávez Frias.
Elected in a landslide in 1998, he promised a peaceful revolution. That
peaceful dream became a nightmare when Chávez was overthrown in a coup
d'état in 2002. Surprisingly, he was brought back to power by his
supporters, mostly barrio dwellers, within forty-eight hours. Although
Chávez continues to be dogged by controversy, he stays in power because of
these supporters who see themselves as active participants in a democratic

Currently residing in Venezuela, Charles Hardy has been writing and speaking
about the political and social reality of Latin America for over forty
years. He has visited almost every Central and South American country, and,
as a Catholic priest, lived eight years in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan

  • Curbstone Press
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Please see the following review, which are welcome to post on your blog:


    Best regards

    Calvin Tucker
    Co-editor, 21stcenturysocialism.com