Death of a Caudillo

National Review Online

Hugo Chávez, the late president of Venezuela, liked to present himself as a revolutionary, a socialist for the 21st century. Many members of the American Left presented him this way too. In reality he was the latest in the long line of caudillos, the strongmen who have been the scourge of Spanish America; “throwback” and “reactionary” are therefore more fitting ways to describe him.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His latest book, God's Story in 66 Verses, was just released by Thomas Nelson. He is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly â€Prioritiesâ column for He has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” WGN’s Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including Moody Radio’s “New Day Florida.” An inspirational speaker, he hosts a weekly podcast with John Wilson of Books & Culture. He also is an author and editorial advisor for A former columnist for CT, Stan served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?”
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