Sunday, April 08, 2007

April 13 talk by Charles Hardy:"Cowboy in Caracas"

Cowboy in Caracas:
One North American's
Life in Venezuela
a talk by
Charles Hardy
Friday, April 13
7:00 p.m.
Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
170 Park St., Bangor

A former priest turned journalist, Charles Hardy has lived in Venezuela for eight years, where he has been a witness to history: the discontent that brought Venezuelan Hugo Chávez Frias to power, the U.S.-orchestrated coup that briefly toppled him, and the peaceful, democratic revolution that returned him to the Presidency and has been transforming the lives of Venezuela's poor.
His memoir, Cowboy in Caracas, has just been published by Curbstone Press and is already receiving rave reviews:

"Read this important book, and drop the propaganda sandwich in the trash where it belongs." --Peter Coyote, actor/writer

"Charles Hardy has given us a unique perspective on the Chávista revolution as viewed from a cardboard shack on a hillside barrio in Caracas. Writing in a graceful and conversational style in a series of vignettes, Hardy conveys with genuine affection and admiration the dignity and courage of the ordinary people of Venezuela.... This book is a must read for all Americans--but a must read that you won't be able to put down." --Dave Lindorff, columnist for Counterpunch and co-author with Barbara Olshansky of The Case for Impeachment

"This book is an antidote to the poisonous US government mantra against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Ironically, 'Cowboy' isn't about Chávez, but about the exciting processes he has helped initiate and about the awakening of Venezuela's poor whom the US media neglects." --Saul Landau, author of A Bush & Botox World

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