Adios Muchachos is a candid insider's account of the leftist Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. During the 1970s, Sergio Ramirez led prominent intellectuals, priests, and business leaders to support the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), against Anastasio Somoza's dictatorship. After the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, Ramirez served as vice-president under Daniel Ortega from 1985 until 1990, when the FSLN lost power in a national election. Disillusioned by his former comrades' increasing intolerance of dissent and resistance to democratization, Ramirez defected from the Sandinistas in 1995 and founded the Sandinista Renovation Movement. In Adios Muchachos, he describes the utopian aspirations for liberation and reform that motivated the Sandinista revolution against the Somoza regime, as well as the triumphs and shortcomings of the movement's leadership as it struggled to turn an insurrection into a government, reconstruct a country beset by poverty and internal conflict, and defend the revolution against the Contras, an armed counterinsurgency supported by the United States. Adios Muchachos was first published in 1999. Based on a later edition, this translation includes Ramirez's thoughts on more recent developments, including the re-election of Daniel Ortega as president in 2006.
Preface to the Spanish Edition, Published in 2007 / The Shadow of the Caudillo xi Acknowledgments xix Introduction 1 1. Partial Confession 5 2. Saintly Living 17 3. The Age of Innocence 35 4. The Swan over the Burning Coals 49 5. The Age of Malice 65 6. Monkey on a Leash 81 7. Manifest Destiny 93 8. The Likely Number Thirteen 113 9. Heaven on Earth 127 10. The Year of the Pig 143 11. Rivers of Milk and Honey 159 12. The Palace at Last! 173 13. Saturn's Jaws 191 Epilogue 207 Chronology, 1979-1990 211 Glossary 223 Index 229