Dr. H. Micheal Tarver is Chairman of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Arkansas Tech University and is an adjunct professor at the Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela). He is a two-time Fulbright scholar and former Chairman of the Gran Colombian Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History. He has a doctorate in Modern Latin American History from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Dr. Tarver is a member of the Grupo de Análisis Socio-Político de Venezuela at the Universidad de Los Andes.
2005 0-7734-6246-5 This current volume details the later political career of Carlos Andres Perez, focusing on his two presidential administrations and his fall from political power. This work builds upon the early political foundations of Perez which have been detailed in Volume One. During his first administration (1974- 79), President Perez introduced Venezuela into the economic and political realities of a new and ever-changing world order, as a result of the revenue generated by the nation's petroleum exports. For his part, Perez sought to modernize Venezuela's democracy and to bring Venezuela to a level of development which would enable it to compete successfully within the New Economic World Order. Not long after beginning his second term as president (1989-1993), Carlos Andres Perez was faced with economic and social crises. Consequently, in the early days of his administration, events transpired which considerably weakened the political foundation of his government. By late 1992, two coup d'etat attempts had been made against the President, and by Spring 1993 the Supreme Court ruled that there were sufficient grounds for an indictment on charges of corruption. This ruling resulted in the decision by the National Congress to remove President Perez from office so that he could be brought to trial. Following his trial, the Supreme Court sentenced Carlos Andres Perez to 2 years and 4 months of house arrest for the crime of aggravated generic embezzlement.