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The life and ideas of Carlos Fonseca Amador, founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Matagalpa: The Early Years, 1939-1950 12
2. A Rebellious Student, 1950-1958 28
3. The Cuban Revolution, 1958-1961 50
4. Founding the FSLN, 1960-1964 69
5. The Evolution of a Strategy, 1964-1968 88
6. Underground and Prison Life, 1968-1970 111
7. The Sandino Writings, 1970-1974 143
8. A Fractured Movement, 1972-1975 162
9. The Montana and the Death of Fonseca, 1975-1976 185
10. The Revolution of 1979 205
Epilogue 222
Notes 229
Glossary of Organization 257
Bibliography 259
Index 271

About the Author

Matilde Zimmermann was a Nicaragua-based journalist in the years immediately following the 1979 revolution and worked with the Sandinista regional government in the northern Atlantic Coast in the late 1980s. She is currently Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College.

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"A must-read for anyone interested in Nicaragua - or in the overall issue of social change." - Margaret Randall, author of Sandino's Daughters and Sandino's Daughters Revisited "In this century we have had to look hard not only at the great struggles for justice but at the lives of the men who led those struggles. In this well-researched biography of Carlos Fonseca, founder and indisputable leader of the FSLN until his death in battle two years before Somoza's defeat, Matilde Zimmermann gives us a compelling portrait of someone obsessed with detail, puritanical but caring, brilliant and determined. Zimmermann asks the difficult questions and her answers are sometimes surprising. A must read for anyone interested in Nicaragua - or in the overall issue of social change." - Margaret Randall, author of Sandino's Daughters and Sandino's Daughters Revisited

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