TransAfrica's Readers' Corner featuring We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014 2:30 to 4:30 PM, We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution, by George Ciccariello-Maher (2013, Duke University Press, 320pp.).


Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Conference Room 2, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance)

We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  In the bookstore, there is a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  Click here to buy the book online with the 20% discount.

Publication Description: Since being elected president in 1998, Hugo Chavez has become the face of contemporary Venezuela and, more broadly, anticapitalist revolution. George Ciccariello-Maher contends that this focus on Chavez has obscured the inner dynamics and historical development of the country's Bolivarian Revolution. In "We Created Chavez," by examining social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the Chavez era, Ciccariello-Maher provides a broader, more nuanced account of Chavez's rise to power and the years of activism that preceded it.

Based on interviews with grassroots organizers, former guerrillas, members of neighborhood militias, and government officials, Ciccariello-Maher presents a new history of Venezuelan political activism, one told from below. Led by leftist guerrillas, women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous people, and students, the social movements he discusses have been struggling against corruption and repression since 1958. Ciccariello-Maher pays particular attention to the dynamic interplay between the Chavez government, revolutionary social movements, and the Venezuelan people, recasting the Bolivarian Revolution as a long-term and multifaceted process of political transformation.

About the Author: George Ciccariello-Maher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.

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