This is a freely translated version of the original Spanish. An attempt has een made to transform a school text into a...

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STORY OF VENEZUELA

This is a freely translated version of the original Spanish. An attempt has een made to transform a school text into a readable, general history. The result is a ook that falls disappointingly somewhere between a textbook and a narrative. The first six chapters provide a brief recap of Venezuelan history from antiquity through the Spanish conquest and colonization to the successful struggle for independence. This seventh chapter provides a sketchy account of Venezuelan politics through the Betancourt presidency. The last chapter is a swift review of the contemporary economic scene by Manuel Rodriguez Mena. While most of the faults here an be attributed to brevity, there is also the limitation of the author's partisan riticism. His views are consistently conservative and he has little that is favorable to say about Betancourt and the Democratic Action party. However, in view of the severe lack of either comprehensive or more general books in English a Venezuela, this may serve as a source of basic facts and figures.

Pub Date: June 6, 1964

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964

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