Confidante of 'Tyrants'
The Story of the American Woman Trusted by the US's Biggest Enemies
Published by: New Internationalist
Imprint: New Internationalist
When US lawyer Eva Golinger first spent some time in Venezuela uncovering her ancestral roots, she little realized how the country was going to change her life. Within a few years she had become an enthusiast for the Bolivarian Revolution and a close confidante of its charismatic leader, Hugo Chávez. She achieved worldwide notoriety by exposing and condemning US intervention in Venezuela and ended up travelling with Chávez all over the world, spending time with many other controversial leaders.
In this frank and disarming memoir, she tells the full story of her time in Chávez’s inner circle and reflects on what she has learned about revolutionary politics, about the dangers of authoritarian populism – and about herself.
Confidante of Tyrants is told from a very personal, intimate, insider perspective of what it's like to be an American woman who was drawn to a movement pledging to fight for social justice with a very charismatic leader. Eva was behind the scenes of global power. She wandered the halls of presidential palaces, rubbed elbows with controversial world leaders, and was courted by declared enemies of her own country. She would come to know and even befriend some of these men, who so many in the world saw as tyrants. She saw them unveiled and had privileged access to Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, Julian Assange and other vilified strongmen and U.S. enemies. She was a witness to their capacity to garner the attention and support of millions, and saw how they used it to create and expand their power.
Foreword by Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Chapter 1: Over the rink
Chapter 2: From rebel to truth-teller
Chapter 3: How I met Hugo Chavez
Chapter 4: Before Chavez, or how I met Venezuela
Chapter 5: Venezuela: A Love A
Chapter 6: Prelude To A Coup
Chapter 7: From coup to revolution
Chapter 8: Cracking the code
Chapter 9: Welcomed by Castro
Chapter 10: Living the Revolution
Chapter 11: Between the Devil and an angel
Chapter 12: Upside-down orld
Chapter 13: A defeat for socialism (or the return of toilet paper)
Chapter 14: From Caracas to New York to Moscow
Chapter 15: Freeing Americans in Iran
Chapter 16: Touring the 'Axis of Evil'
Chapter 17: The unraveling of a revolution
Chapter 18: The slippery slope