Nicaragua (Magill's Literary Annual 1986)
The Sandinista National Liberation Front, founded in 1961, at first posed little threat to the Somoza dynasty, which was solidly entrenched in power since the mid-1930’s. After the assassination of opposition journalist and editor of La Prensa Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal, however, violent rebellion against President Anastasio Somoza Debayle spread throughout Nicaragua as the moderate opposition joined forces with the Sandinista guerrillas. A seesaw military struggle culminated in Somoza’s flight into exile in July 1979.
Shirley Christian, currently a foreign-affairs reporter for The New York Times, was formerly an Associated Press reporter for the Miami Herald, and has contributed stories to The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic. In 1981, she won the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting and was the first to win that award solo. She also won the George Polk Award for the best foreign reporting in perilous circumstances. In this work, she stresses the crucial role played by President Jimmy Carter in the Sandinista triumph. Christian tells the reader a fascinating inside story of how an inexperienced American administration, traumatized by memories of the Vietnam War and guilt-ridden over earlier American interventions in Central America, proved unable to do anything to avert a Sandinista takeover. According to Christian, this unwillingness to intervene prevailed despite an explicit warning from...
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