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Living in the Shadow of the Eagle
5th Edition
January 2011
Trade Paperback · 264 Pages
$35.00 U.S. · $40.50 CAN · £19.99 U.K. · €24.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813343877


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Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle details the country’s unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. Its historical coverage considers Nicaragua from pre-Columbian and colonial times as well as during the nationalist liberal era, the U.S. Marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista regime, and the conservative restoration after 1990.

The thoroughly revised fifth edition features new material covering the return of Daniel Ortega as president after the election of 2006. Thomas W. Walker and new coauthor Christine J. Wade document how the more enduring reality of the country may not be the Sandinista Revolution, but how the historical and ongoing interventions by the United States—the “eagle” to the north—continue to shape Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life. Additionally, the new edition includes an extensively revised and updated annotated bibliography.

About the Authors

Thomas W. Walker is professor emeritus of political science and director emeritus of Latin American studies at Ohio University. His eleven books include Reagan versus the Sandinistas, Revolution and Counterrevolution in Nicaragua, and Understanding Central America (Westview Press).
Christine J. Wade is associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Maryland. She is coauthor of Understanding Central America (Westview Press) and a contributor to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview Press) and Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise (Westview Press).