Popular and divisive President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela introduces this collection of the writings by the historic namesake of his own 'Bolivarian Revolution'. The Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, also known as El Libertador, sought to lead Latin America to independence from the Spanish in the early nineteenth century. Ever since he has been held as a model for subsequent Latin American radicals; Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, has dubbed his own programs of social reform 'the Bolivarian Revolution'. In his introduction to this collection of Bolivar's writings, Chavez explains why Bolivar continues to inspire.
HUGO CHAVEZ is the President of Venezuela and leader of the new 'Bolivarian Revolution' in Latin America. His controversial social reforms and foreign policy have inspired enthusiastic support and bitter antagonism. He was the target of a failed coup in 2002.