In a first-hand report from Venezuela, veteran correspondent Richard Gott places the county's controversial president in historical perspective. Examining Chavez's plans and programmes and the support these attract, Gott argues that this unique experiment may prove a new way forward for Latin America.
Richard Gott was for many years a senior editor at The Guardian in London. A specialist in Latin American affairs, he worked in the 1960s at the University of Chile, where he wrote Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, the definitive study of the revolutionary groups that arose in the years after the Cuban revolution. He is also the author of The Appeasers, written with Martin Gilbert, and Land Without Evil.