Javier Corrales, Jonathan Friedman, and Lawrence Douglas
It’s been a banner couple of weeks for Amherst faculty authors. Political science’s Javier Corrales; law, jurisprudence and social thought’s Lawrence Douglas; and physics’ Jonathan Friedman have all been recognized for various pieces of writing.
Reviewers for Foreign Affairs magazine named Corrales’ book Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela one of the three Best Books of 2011 on the Western Hemisphere. “Easily the best scholarly treatment of Hugo Chávez’s hybrid electoral autocracy, Corrales and [co-author Michael] Penfold’s book courageously refutes orthodox explanations—from the right and the left—for this unique caudillo’s rise and resilience,” the Foreign Affairs write-up on Dragon reads. “This masterful monograph’s dissection of Chávez’s astoundingly shrewd political tactics will be carefully studied by both his well-wishers and his detractors.”