Venezuela's Voice for Democracy

Venezuela's Voice for Democracy : Conversations and Correspondence with Romulo Betancourt

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Venezuela's most important political figure of the twentieth century, and probably its most important since Simon Bolivar, is the subject of this volume of interviews and letters. Romulo Betancourt helped to form Venezuela's historic Accion Democratica group, twice served as his country's president, and in his many years in exile worked to inform the world about the political crises and dictatorships that plagued Venezuela. The material in this book covers more than three decades of exchanges between Betancourt and Robert Alexander, presenting details of Betancourt's career and the evolution of his thinking. The material begins with Alexander's first meeting with Betancourt, in 1948, and continues up until the political leader's death forty years later. The interviews and personal exchanges, which Alexander transcribed from notes immediately following each meeting, focus largely on issues and events contemporary to the time of the conversations. In later years, however, when Alexander was compiling a biography of Betancourt, the conversations are directed toward the leader's earlier career, and provide an overview of the events and ideas that shaped Venezuela's political destiny. The letters from Betancourt are reproduced in full, and follow the same pattern of addressing contemporary and, later, biographical issues. This collection will serve as a complementary volume to Robert Alexander's two previous works on Romulo Betancourt, and will be an important resource for courses on the history, politics, and economic development of Latin America and Venezuela. Both public and academic libraries will also find it to be a valuable addition to their more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12mm | 444g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0275937283
  • 9780275937287

About Robert J. Alexander

ROBERT J. ALEXANDER Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science, Rutgers University. He was a member of John F. Kennedy's Task Force on Latin America where the Alliance for Progress was developed, and he is a former consultant to the American Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO on Latin American and Caribbean organized labor. One of the country's most respected scholars of Latin American politics and economic affairs, Professor Alexander is the author or editor of forty-five earlier books, most of them focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bolivian National Revolution, the first English-language study of that upheaval, and the history of labor and radical more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: Who Was Romulo Betancourt? First Meeting with Betancourt The Early Years of Betancourt's Third Exile The Latter Part of Betancourt's Third Exile Betancourt's Return to Venezuela in 1958 Betancourt as Constitutional President of Venezuela Betancourt's Voluntary Exile Betancourt as the Grand Old Man of Venezuelan Politics: Part One Betancourt as the Grand Old Man of Venezuelan Politics: Part Twoshow more