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By Matilde Zimmermann

“A must-read for somebody drawn to Nicaragua—or within the total factor of social change.”—Margaret Randall, writer of SANDINO'S DAUGHTERS and SANDINO'S DAUGHTERS REVISITED 


is the 1st English-language biography of Carlos Fonseca Amador, the mythical chief of the Sandinista nationwide Liberation entrance of Nicaragua (the FSLN) and an important and influential determine of the post–1959 progressive iteration in Latin the USA. Fonseca, killed in conflict in 1976, used to be the undisputed highbrow and strategic chief of the FSLN. In a groundbreaking and fast paced narrative that attracts on a wealthy archive of formerly unpublished Fonseca writings, Matilde Zimmermann sheds new gentle on crucial issues in his ideology in addition to on inner disputes, ideological shifts, and personalities of the FSLN.
The first researcher ever to be allowed entry to Fonseca’s unpublished writings (collected through the Institute for the examine of Sandinism within the early Nineteen Eighties and now within the palms of the Nicaraguan Army), Zimmermann additionally bought own interviews with Fonseca’s pals, kin, fellow warring parties, and political enemies. not like past students, Zimmermann sees the Cuban revolution as the the most important turning aspect in Fonseca’s political evolution. moreover, whereas others have argued that he rejected Marxism in desire of a extra pragmatic nationalism, Zimmermann indicates how Fonseca’s political writings remained devoted to either socialist revolution and nationwide liberation from U.S. imperialism and the guidelines of either Che Guevara and the sooner Nicaraguan chief Augusto César Sandino. She extra argues that his philosophy embracing the studies of the nation’s staff and peasants used to be critical to the FSLN’s preliminary platform and charismatic appeal.

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