The Creators And The Creation

HUGO CHÁVEZ'S death on March 5 has placed a question mark over the future of the Venezuelan revolution.

If you want to understand the terms of the inevitable political battles to come, then read George Ciccariello-Maher's We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution. He produces a crisply written social and political history of the critical decades leading up to Chávez's election in 1998, concentrating on the period after the overthrow of the dictatorship in 1958 and the consolidation of the corrupt two-party system known as "puntofijismo."

Relying on a wide range of interviews from many of the leftist militants who confronted the pro-American plutocracy in a decades-long battle, Ciccariello-Maher convincingly argues: