Cowboy in Caracas, Charlie Hardy. [A North American’s Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution. Charlie has lived there for over 20 years.]
Changing Venezuela by Taking Power, Gregory Wilpert. [A thorough review and analysis of Venezuela, the changes under Chavez with the Bolivarian Revolution, and the historical, political, and economical context that led to these changes. A great reference.]
Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots, Carlos Martinez, Michael Fox and Jojo Farrell [Accounts from grassroots organizers under the Chavez government]
Revolutionary Doctors, Steve Brouwer [A first hand account of how Venezuela and Cuba are changing the world’s conception of health care]
Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, Richard Gott [First-hand account of contemporary Venezuela, reviews the historical precedents and context of Hugo Chavez and the development of his ideas. Examines how these ideas and contexts influenced policy and programs.]
Who Can Stop the Drums? , Sujatha Fernandes [ An ethnography and history of social movements among the barrios. Touches on the relationship between these movements and the new revolutionary government, including life stories of residents. Includes a piece on Gustavo Borges from 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas who we had met as a class among others. ]
Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano [ Highly detailed and thorough account of primitive capital accumulation and the political economic evolution of Latin America from colonial times to the IMF. This history is organized and told in a highly creative and non-traditional way. ]
Build it Now: Socialism for the 21st Century, Michael Lebowitzv
America’s Backyard: The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror, Grace Livingstone [ An analysis of the political, cultural and economic role the United States has played in Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the present. ]
The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein [ Naomie Klein challenges neoliberal ideology that proposes itself as a force of peace and liberation through her analysis of disaster capitalism, from Chile in 1973 to Iraq. Also comments and draws connections with the birth of neoliberal ideology to other things such as electro-shock therapy. ]
Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Perspective, William I. Robinson [ “This ambitious volume chronicles and analyzes from a critical globalization perspective the social, economic, and political changes sweeping across Latin America from the 1970’s through the present day.” Touches upon such topics as the transnational state, nontraditional agricultural exports, transnational tourism, maquiladoras, the export of labor and “A New Cycle of Resistance”. ]
The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela, Eva Golinger
Bush Vs. Chavez: Washington’s War on Venezuela, Eva Golinger
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised english Excellent documentary on the 2002 Venezuelan coup d’état attempt.
Online resources/Recursos en línea
Book from Evergreen : A compilation of writing from the Evergreen 2009 program about a variety of topics, made into a book.
Venezuela Myths and Realities Data Sheet : Data on important historical dates,economic and social indicators, and sources of good information on Venezuela
Websites/ Sitios Web
Venezuela Analysis –A news source in English about Venezuela
Correo del Orinoco english –News in English, started by Eva Golinger
School of Americas Watch –A group aiming to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, by use of education, lobbying, and nonviolent resistance.
Tatuy TV in Merida, VZLA An alternative, community media group in Merida.
Narco News –“Reporting on the drug war and Democracy from All America”
Narco News Espanol -“Reportando sobre la guerra contra las drogas y la democracia desde America Latina”
Upside down world –Covers activism and politics in Latin America
Inter Press Service News Agency — A global news agency that seeks to “raise the voices of the South and civil society on issues of development, globalisation, human rights and the environment”. Has specific coverage of Latin America
North American Congress on Latin America — Independent, nonprofit organization working towards a more equal and just relationship between the U.S. and Latin America by “providing information and analysis on the region”.