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Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict and the Chávez Phenomenon, Steve Ellner, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008. Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela, Eva Golinger, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2007. Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government, Gregory Wilpert, London: Verso, 2007.

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After a decade in power, Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution faces a newly multilateral Washington DC and global capitalism’s most significant crisis in a generation. In order to properly understand the hopes and impediments for the future of the Revolution, I argue, it is first necessary to consider the current trajectory and series of accomplishments it has made. In this review-essay, I consider the three most recent and comprehensive works on the foreign and domestic situations in Venezuela in English ‐ Eva Golinger’s Bush vs Chávez, Gregory Wilpert’s Changing Venezuela by Taking Power, and Steve Ellner’s Rethinking Venezuelan Politics.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, Email:


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