About the Book



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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This newly revised volume details Nicaragua’s unique history, culture, economics, politics, and foreign relations. Its historical coverage considers the country’s early and recent history, from pre-Columbian and colonial times through the nationalist liberal era, the U.S. marine occupation, the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinista regime, the conservative restoration, and the Sandinista comeback. The fifth edition includes a new chapter detailing the reelection of Daniel Ortega and the irony of his current role in undercutting the rule of law and democracy that he helped institute in his earlier administration. This edition also documents what may be the more enduring reality of this Central American country: the historical and ongoing interventions by which the United States—the “eagle” to the north—continues to shape Nicaraguan political, economic, and cultural life.

About the Authors

Thomas W. Walker is professor emeritus of political science and director emeritus of Latin American studies at Ohio University. His 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).