About this book
The inside story of Hugo Chavez's presidency of Venezuela, and a cautionary tale of political corruption. When he first came to power in 1999, Chavez was a symbol of hope and freedom. But in his 13 years in power, he's seized control of the oil industry, allowed basic government functions to wither, and jailed political opposition.
Hugo Chavez was a true phenomenon. On his death in March 2013 tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets and honoured a seven-day period of national mourning. Chavez has been compared to Napoleon, Nasser, Peron and Castro but the truth is there has never been a leader like him.