Blood of Brothers has ratings and 56 reviews. Frank said: I’ve spent three and a half months in Nicaragua over the past two winters studying Spanish. 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.

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It was out of print. Sep 30, Peter Pecksen rated it it was amazing. Jul 02, Diane Ramirez rated it really liked it.

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer

Kinzer convoys an honest love for the country of Nicaragua, the good, bad, and the ugly. Both events exposed the reality of the Kinser war and its destructive aims, and helped the push towards the eventual peace process which Kinzer also describes. It was worth the wait – probably one of the best books on Central American history and Nicaragua, ever.

Now THAT would have made for an interesting story. There were atrocities on both sides. This book is history as it ought to be written—the intrigue brothrs calling you to turn the page. Nicaraguans buried a whole generation of their young fighting to first remove the Somoza dictatorship from power and then a second civil war between the Sandinistas and the Con Stephen Kinzer writes an engaging although sad and depressing narrative about Nicaragua during the U.

It takes the bits and pieces of information I’ve collected along the way and bloo them together with details the author gained through research, interviews, and personal experience. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting this book was! In El Salvador and Guatemala, guerrilla armies were attempting to overthrow right-wing dictatorships – the dictatorships, supported by the US, had ruled those countries for decades.

I commend Kinzer for brotherx generally neutral tone as he shares his love of Nicaragua, and his understanding of it, with us. Started reading this in preparation for kinzrr and now postponed til fall trip to Nicaragua.


Jul 14, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Kinzer presents a balanced picture of the contra war. But also because I approach these kinds of books with a side eye: He was also well-placed to become the local correspondent for the New York Times, which is brothera he was from onwards.

All their slim resources have to be distributed to their military forces in order to defend themselves. Maria Silva and Eylin Guadamuz pages points to discuss with other Nicaragua-bound folks: When I finally got a copy Fedex’d in from America the book exceeded my wildest expectations.

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Jul 24, Andrew rated it it was amazing. It was exhilarating to read about a country, where many of the things spoken about, I had seen with my own two eyes, yet I walked right past some of these historic sites because I had no background knowledge to appreciate the history fully. Jun 26, Heidi rated it really liked it. I’m stunned by the extent of the chaos that the United States caused in Nicaragua and I’m super angry at Ronald Regan. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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 pages 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.

Blood of Brothers : Life and War in Nicaragua

I learned a lot about the successes and failures of a communist regime. In their myopic vision of fighting the evil empire of world communism they misled the American people as to what was going on in Nicaragua and caused the unnessary deaths of thousands of young Nicaraguans kinzef both sides of the civil war. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.

The US repeatedly plays the villain in this story — not always, but far too often. Boood 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! 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. Such an essential read for anyone trying to understand Nicaragua.


I came away from this book without an understanding of the dangers brothwrs meddling the in affairs of another country. This is a pure hatchet job on our struggle for democracy, individual liberty, dignity and free enterprise in Nicaragua.

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 vlood into a heartbreaking, years-long battle amongst brothers, loved ones, neighbors.

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Blood of Brothers

Where does this leave the Sandinistas? Obviously, required reading for any Nicaraguan PCVs. Mar 02, pdxmaven rated it liked it Recommended to pdxmaven by: Kinzer is an amazing writer, and he brings the culture and the people of Nicaragua to life unlike any other author that I’ve read on the subject kinzee this beautiful country, a country with so much potential and so much bad luck. Told passionately by a man who lived through parts of the devastating contra war while on assignment for the New York Times, this book will grab your attention and hold it closely until the end.

He also describes the common folks in Nicaragua, who are so friendly and generous.

Brothrrs whimsical narrative that gives great light to the actual history of Nicaragua throughout the different conflicts, but is a little polished in the realities of the whole situation. He also described what its like to live in Nicaragua. Book ratings by Goodreads.

On the surface, the three Central American wars had as neutral bystanders both Honduras and Costa Rica the other nations of the original five that made up the region. I am going to back up the platonic life mate on this one with the five star rating.