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This web special is an example of how The Nation leads in news analysis. The corporate media described the recent Venezuelan vote as a resounding rebuke of Hugo Chavez. The Nation correctly reads and reports the results as "razor thin." How sad that accuracy is so rare.

For readers wanting more of such balanced reporting on Hugo Chavez, I recommend Hugo! The Hugo Chavez Story, from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution, by Bart Jones. This is the first originally English biography of the Venezuelan president. Uniquely well-written for a book dealing with international issues, the book is largely approving of Chávez, but recognizes shortcomings.

The book is especially valuable in exposing the international bias of reporting on and from Venezuela. Jones is a longtime reporter whose values are in "speaking truth to the real power: the people." Thank-you, The Nation, for your speaking truth to the real power.

My truth is that I wrote the index for the book. There are books that I have indexed that I would not review as well as Jones's work.