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The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter chronicles the events in Nicaragua that led up to the revolt against Somoza, the consolidation of power by the Sandinistas, and the present period of unrest and probes the viewpoints of a wide range of Nicaraguans
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Journalist Christian's masterful, evenhanded account of Nicaragua's Sandinistas derives from years of interviews and on-the-scene observations. Beginning with the last days of the Somoza regime, she details the morass of political intrigue through November 1984. The problem is, she argues, that the success of ``sandinismo'' turned the people from instigators of change into objects of change, both in the eyes of the church and of the state. As the center of the struggle flew out of control onto the battlefields of Havana, Washington, Rome, and Panama, democratic principles were subordinated to other peoples' needs, a no-win situation for the peasants. To draw conclusions about Nicaragua, Christian emphasizes, is a lot more difficult than superficial U.S. policy would imply. A timely and unpretentious book, very highly recommended for most libraries. Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville
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