I had breakfast with Hugo Chavez, lunch with Bashar al Assad, cocktails with Putin and dinner with Gaddafi. Fidel Castro sent me flowers, perfume and cigars. Ahmadinejad told me he loved me. Chavez proclaimed me his defender. But I am not a spy, and I am not a traitor. - Eva Golinger
Confidante of 'Tyrants': The Inside Story of The American Woman Trusted by the US's Biggest Enemies is a memoir and “coming of age” by Attorney and Author Eva Golinger. As a young woman she became a close confidante of Hugo Chavez, the leftist President of Venezuela. Eva was the only American woman to gain Chavez's trust, and in doing so, she was invited on official state visits all over the globe as part of Chavez's official entourage, breaking bread with some of the world’s most vilified heads of state and political leaders.
This touching book chronicles Eva's life journey, both personal and political. Beginning in her twenties she began traveling to Venezuela to explore her family's ancestry. She found herself drawn to the people, the beautiful vistas, the culture, and local politics. Throughout her university and law school years in the US she went back and forth to Venezuela, perfecting her Spanish, developing personal relationships, following the politics. Later, she lived in Venezuela for over a decade. As a passionate advocate for social justice Eva became enamored by Hugo Chavez's movement pledging to fight for the rights of the Venezuelan people.
In the early 2000s she submitted hundreds of requests under the Freedom of Information Act and exposed the CIA's meddling in the 2002 coup d'etat against Chavez. She subsequently released further evidence about Washington's persistent interference in Venezuelan politics and elections. Chavez applauded her efforts, and they formed a close association. Subsequently, Eva became one of his closest advisors and a household name throughout Venezuela. At one such gathering Chavez proclaimed her "The Girlfriend of Venezuela." Eva was instantly a recognizable public figure, beloved by Chavez supporters and hated by the opposition. Much to her chagrin, she required 24-hour body-guards for many years.
Throughout her time traveling with Chavez, Eva had unbridled access to some of the most vilified and secretive world leaders in modern history. She came to know and even befriend some of these men, who many in the world saw as tyrants. She saw them unveiled, at ease, and she shares her observations and interactions with Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolas Maduro and other declared US enemies. Eva also became a High Level Strategic Advisor to several presidents in Latin America had a close association with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Confidante of 'Tyrants' is a timely and relevant tale that resonates directly with the current political climate in the US and elsewhere and forewarns the dangers of authoritarianism disguised as democracy, leaders who harness cult of personality to accumulate power, and the seductiveness of bold promises to empower and elevate the invisible, forgotten underclass.