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Magazines, Reports and a Mass Publications from 1990 to 1999
Publications since 2000 Publications pre-1990

All book are paperbacks unless stated otherwise. Poetry books are marked . Many are bilingual – a useful way to improve your Spanish! Any reference to the FSLN is to the Sandinista National Liberation Front who overthrew the Somoza dictatorship in 1979. 

Publications since 2000. Prices include p & p.



A Taste of Nicaragua
Gillian & Helen Wallis  (Swindon-Ocotal Link, 2016)

This book of 25 Nicaraguan recipes was created to celebrate 25 years of town twinning between Swindon and Ocotal.  They are tasty, traditional recipes collected from friends and acquaintances while in Nicaragua, and subsequently adapted to European methods and ingredients. Members of our twinning group in England then tested them all out, and helped to put together this lovely little book. Paperback.

Note: the snacks and side-dishes (9) are veggie, the soups are veggie (2), fish (1) and meat (1)and the main dishes (10) almost all meat. There are also 2 desserts.


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Rosa of the Wild Grass; the Story of a Nicaraguan Family
Fiona Macintosh  (Latin America Bureau & Practical Action Publishing, 2016)

Noam Chomsky writes ‘Through the eyes of Rosa and her family, we experience the dramatic years of Nicaragua’s triumphs and travail: the courageous struggle for freedom, the solidarity and idealism, the achievements and excitement about escape from suffering and submission, the cruel and bitter assault from abroad, and still life goes on with its joys and sorrows, and the hope that never dies. A poignant, gripping, sensitive tale.’

During the 1980s the author became friendly with Rosa, a woman from a peasant family in La Concha, a hill town near Managua.  Fiona returned time and again between 1987 and 2013 to record Rosa and her family. These stories of three generations she edited into a single seamless narrative, and illustrated with beautiful woodcut-style images.  

With recollections of life under the Somoza dictatorship, Rosa’s testimony of life with the Sandinista rebels during the insurrection is wrought with anxiety. Relief is palpable when she shares her optimism for the changes brought by the 1979 revolution - that is until the destruction of the Contra War and the electoral defeat of the Sandinista government in 1989. Over the subsequent decades Rosa and her family show how those social programmes they fought for were cut to the core to bring poverty and social breakdown. Yet throughout, Rosa tells of how the 'seeds of wild grass' have kept growing: tiny community initiatives that were always there, enabling families and communities to survive enormous hardship.  

Rosa is a superb read, full of the realities of peasant family life, the Catholic Church, magical beliefs, community spirit and cooperatives, the transition from rural to city life and back… and the problems: machismo, drink, violence, petty corruption, money-lenders, and the quest for work by migrating to Costa Rica and the US using coyotes to cross the border to the USA.  

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Michael Molinski (2014)

Exciting and topical novel given the plans for a canal across Nicaragua. In 1851 Nick Malone is wondering whether to go to Nicaragua and open a new transoceanic transportation route. 320 pages, well-researched.

"worth reading as it has some good historical background... although the hero is improbably available to participate directly in all the key events".


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Special issue of AlterNative addressing the autonomy regime on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast.

The issue is edited by Luciano Baracco and Miguel Gonzalez and has contributions in English and Sumu-Mayangna from leading scholars addressing indigenous land claims, gender, political participation, and violence, and a historical overview of the struggle for autonomy on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast. Available from or



Nicaragua, Back from the Dead? An anthropological view of the Sandinista movement in the early 21st century.
Johannes Wilm (New Left Notes 2011)
Little has been written about Nicaraguan history since 2006. This book tries to explain the economics and political conflicts of the past century, as well as how Nicaraguans understand the "Sandinista revolution" during the current period of Sandinismo which started with the electoral victory of 2006. Through the stories of  individual Nicaraguans, the book gives some insights into how people involve themselves in politics, trying to improve Nicaraguan daily life. Available through online booksellers.


Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy
Photography by Paul Dix, edited by Pamela Fitzpatrick (2011)

When Paul Dix photographed the Contra war in the 1980s for the US-based Witness for Peace, his images often conveyed the pathos of a nation whose revolutionary hopes were turned to ashes by an empire that struck back with brutal efficiency. However, he also captured the beauty of Nicaragua’s rugged countryside and the dignity of its people. Now, two decades later, Dix has allowed us to meet his images' subjects again. helping us understand what happened in the 1980s, and what has happened since.  Order from


Produkt-InformationUnfinished Revolution. Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Struggle for Liberation. Hardback.
Kenneth Morris (Lawrence Hill Books 2011)

For many people Daniel Ortega remains an enigma. This excellent book sets his achievements and his shortcomings squarely within the context of the modern history of Nicaragua. The author pulls no punches and describes Ortega's personal problems without flinching; he sets them into the background of Ortega's wider personal and political life so that the reader may gain some insight into the influences that have made Ortega what he was and is.
For all who have wondered about Daniel Ortega and his part in the revolutionary events that have seen so many changes and, in many cases, improvements for the people of Nicaragua, this book is highly recommended. Despite the author's attempt at an unbiased work, the reader is left in no doubt about his regard for Ortega but he gives the facts, the book is no worse for it, and, with this book, readers will able to make up their own minds. 
National Integration and Contested Autonomy: The Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (Algora  2011)
Luciano Baracco and contributors

The indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples along Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, once colonized by the British, have long sought to establish their autonomy vis-à-vis the dominant Spanish-influenced regions of the Pacific coast. The book provides a wide overview of the autonomy process by looking at the historical background of autonomy, claims to land, language rights, and land demarcation and communal forestry projects.
This book seeks to satisfy the globally emerging interest in the idea of autonomy and bi-zonality as an effective mechanism of conflict resolution and protection of minority rights.
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A Nicaraguan Journey - Memories from the Land of Sandino
Luciano Baracco (Sessions of York 2010)
Nicaragua is renowned for its lakes and volcanoes yet became famous for something very different. In 1979 Sandinista revolutionary fighters overthrew one of Latin America's oldest dictatorships and transformed the country from an unknown backwater into a beacon of hope for the whole continent. 'A Nicaraguan Journey' tells how Nicaraguans today make sense of those revolutionary years which brought their country to the attention of the whole world.
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Any profits will be donated to literacy teaching in the Caribbean Coast region of Nicaragua.
America's Backyard: The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War Against Terror.
Grace Livingstone (Zed 2009)

The United States has shaped Latin American history, condemning it to poverty and inequality by intervening to protect the rich and powerful.   Using declassified documents, Grace Livingstone reveals the US role in the darkest periods of Latin American history, including Pinochet’s coup in Chile, the contra War in Nicaragua and the death squads in El Salvador.  She shows how the administration used the War on Terror as a new pretext for intervention; how it tried to destabilise leftwing governments and push back the ‘pink tide’ washing across the Americas.  America’s Backyard also includes chapters on drugs, economy and culture.

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Nicaragua: The Imagining of a Nation. From Nineteenth Century Liberals to Twentieth Century Sandinistas 
Luciano Baracco (Algora 2005)

Examines the Sandinista Revolution in the context of Nicaragua's efforts at nation-building. Based on research and interviews, this book includes sections on the national literacy campaign and the indigenous peoples of the Atlantic Coast amongst others. It offers insights into the evolution of states in post-colonial Latin America and their struggle to strike an acceptable balance between sovereignty issues and the imperatives of global politics.  A major contribution to literature on Nicaragua.
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The Country Under My Skin
Giaconda Belli (Bloomsbury 2002)
“…the best autobiography I’ve read in years” (Salman Rushdie). Belli, now an internationally acclaimed poet, played a major part in the Revolution as a young woman. In this fascinating book she writes about the triumphs and failures of the Revolution and her part in it; her poetry; her lovers and children; her exile and her current life in Nicaragua and the USA.




Letters from Nicaragua
Father John Medcalf (Reissued with new introduction 2002. 1st published CIIR 1988)
Vivid accounts in letter form of the suffering, joy and faith of rural Nicaraguans from 1985 to 1987 during the contra war. Useful outline of events in Nicaragua and biography.
Storm Warnings: Hurricanes George and Mitch and the lessons for development.
CIIR 2001
A detailed examination of 12 development programmes which arose from the two hurricanes. A critique of the way in which neo-liberal development has increased rather than decreased vulnerability in Nicaragua.
After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neo-Liberal Nicaragua
Florence Babb (University of Texas Press 2001)
Drawing in interviews, this book analyses the impact on neo-liberalism and examines Managua co-operatives where women play a significant role. Informs and inspires.
Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution
Matilde Zimmermann (Duke University Press 2000)
Important history of one of Nicaragua's heroes. This thorough and well-researched book is critical to an understanding of the enduring popularity of Sandinismo today.

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