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Adiós Muchachos is a candid insider’s account of the leftist Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. During the 1970s, Sergio Ramírez led prominent intellectuals, priests, and business leaders to support the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), against Anastasio Somoza’s dictatorship. After the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, Ramírez served as vice-president under Daniel Ortega from 1985 until 1990, when the FSLN lost power in a national election. Disillusioned by his former comrades’ increasing intolerance of dissent and resistance to democratization, Ramírez defected from the Sandinistas in 1995 and founded the Sandinista Renovation Movement. In Adiós Muchachos, he describes the utopian aspirations for liberation and reform that motivated the Sandinista revolution against the Somoza regime, as well as the triumphs and shortcomings of the movement’s leadership as it struggled to turn an insurrection into a government, reconstruct a country beset by poverty and internal conflict, and defend the revolution against the Contras, an armed counterinsurgency supported by the United States. Adiós Muchachos was first published in 1999. Based on a later edition, this translation includes Ramírez’s thoughts on more recent developments, including the re-election of Daniel Ortega as president in 2006.

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A memoir by the former vice President of Nicaragua that enhances our understanding of revolutionary Nicaragua and Central America.

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Sergio Ramírez, Vice President of Nicaragua from 1984 to 1990, offers his memoir of the turbulent years that toppled the Samoza dictatorship in 1979 and the triumphs and shortcomings of the Sandinista National Liberation Front that was charged with national reconstruction and social transformation in a country besieged by internal conflicts and foreign aggression.

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Adios muchachos provides a critical insight into a significant period in Latin American history. With objectivity and restraint, Ramirez tells the story of the fight against Nicaragua's Somozan dictatorship, the anguish of the subsequent war with the U.S. and its mercenary armies, and the overwhelming Sandinista failure in the elections. Finally, as head of the Sandinista opposition in the country, he confronts his former lifelong colleagues.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Spanish Edition, Published in 2007 / The Shadow of the Caudillo xi

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1

1. Partial Confession 5

2. Saintly Living 17

3. The Age of Innocence 35

4. The Swan over the Burning Coals 49

5. The Age of Malice 65

6. Monkey on a Leash 81

7. Manifest Destiny 93

8. The Likely Number Thirteen 113

9. Heaven on Earth 127

10. The Year of the Pig 143

11. Rivers of Milk and Honey 159

12. The Palace at Last! 173

13. Saturn's Jaws 191

Epilogue 207

Chronology, 1979-1990 211

Glossary 223

Index 229

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822350873
Author:
Ramirez, Sergio
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Skar, Stacey Alba D.
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Author:
Skar, Stacey Alba
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Series Volume:
A Memoir of the Sand
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Latin America » Nicaragua
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Central America

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A memoir by the former vice President of Nicaragua that enhances our understanding of revolutionary Nicaragua and Central America.
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Sergio Ramírez, Vice President of Nicaragua from 1984 to 1990, offers his memoir of the turbulent years that toppled the Samoza dictatorship in 1979 and the triumphs and shortcomings of the Sandinista National Liberation Front that was charged with national reconstruction and social transformation in a country besieged by internal conflicts and foreign aggression.
"Synopsis" by , Adios muchachos provides a critical insight into a significant period in Latin American history. With objectivity and restraint, Ramirez tells the story of the fight against Nicaragua's Somozan dictatorship, the anguish of the subsequent war with the U.S. and its mercenary armies, and the overwhelming Sandinista failure in the elections. Finally, as head of the Sandinista opposition in the country, he confronts his former lifelong colleagues.
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