Mar 29, 2022 • 41M

Inside the chapter: Nicaragua

First in a limited series of behind the scenes looks at Gangsters of Capitalism

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We’re turning the tables this week, as Racket researcher Annie Malcolm interrogates me about the making of a chapter of Gangsters of Capitalism. Specifically, Nicaragua.

We talk about why Nicaragua was a key turning point in Smedley Butler’s path from warrior to antiwar activist, the origin story and legacy of revolutionary Augusto Sandino, and the tumult facing Nicaraguans today. You’ll also hear audio from my meeting with dissident Sandinista comandante Mónica Baltodano and my visit into the bowels of the Somozas’ feared torture prison under the mountain of Coyotepe.

I also read a bit of the book. It’s like a pre-pandemic bookstore reading from the comfort of your home. Or wherever you are.

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