Unfinished Revolution : Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Struggle for Liberation

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-24
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Together with his brother Humberto, Daniel Ortega Saavedra masterminded the only victorious Latin American revolution since Fidel Castro's in Cuba. Following the triumphant 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, Ortega was named coordinator of the governing junta, and then in 1984 was elected president by a landslide in the country's first free presidential election. The future was full of promise. Yet the United States was soon training, equipping, and financing a counterrevolutionary force inside Nicaragua while sabotaging its crippled economy. The result was a decade-long civil war. By 1990, Nicaraguans dutifully voted Ortega out and the preferred candidate of the United States in. And Nicaraguans grew poorer and sicker. Then, in 2006, Daniel Ortega was reelected president. He was still defiantly left-wing and deeply committed to reclaiming the lost promise of the Revolution. Only time will tell if he succeeds, but he has positioned himself as an ally of Castro and Hugo Chavez, while life for many Nicaraguans is finally improving. Unfinished Revolution is the first full-length biography of Daniel Ortega in any language. Drawing from a wealth of untapped sources, it tells the story of Nicaragua's continuing struggle for liberation through the prism of the Revolution's most emblematic yet enigmatic hero.

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Morris is the author of two previous political biographies: Jimmy Carter, American Moralist and Bonhoeffer’s Ethic of Discipleship. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Making of a Revolutionaryp. 1
The Impress of the Pastp. 3
Don Daniel's Sonp. 17
Becoming a Sandinistap. 26
A Few More Murderers Among Murderersp. 39
Prisonp. 46
The FSLN Languishesp. 57
Two Seismic Eventsp. 65
The Battle Within and Withoutp. 71
Making the Revolutionp. 73
Private Demonsp. 86
Managing the Popular Insurrectionp. 95
Governing an Embattled Republicp. 113
Governing Tensionsp. 117
The Stampede of the Buffaloesp. 131
Ronald Reagan's Dark Hobbyp. 137
EI Presidentep. 149
The Indirect Invasionp. 159
Governing from Belowp. 167
The Challenge of the Chamorro Administrationp. 169
The 1996 Electionp. 181
EI Pactop. 186
Political Valuesp. 192
Two Final Pactsp. 197
Toward a Dynasty of the Leftp. 201
Governing from Abovep. 207
The 2008 Electionsp. 218
Ideologies and Actionsp. 227
The Challenge to Daniel Ortega's Nicaraguap. 234
Notesp. 247
Selected Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 273
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