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Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala by Daniel Wilkinson Online



Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala

Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala

  • Title: Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala
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  • ISBN : 9780822333685
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 392 pages


new in paperback Silence on the Mountain is a virtuoso work of reporting and a masterfully plotted narrative tracing the history of Guatemala s thirty six year internal war, a conflict that claimed the lives of some 200,000 people, the vast majority of whom died or were disappeared at the hands of the U.S backed military government Written by Daniel Wilkinson, a young human righ Silence new in paperback Silence on the Mountain is a virtuoso work of reporting and a masterfully plotted narrative tracing the history of Guatemala s thirty six year internal war, a conflict that claimed the lives of some 200,000 people, the vast majority of whom died or were disappeared at the hands of the U.S backed military government Written by Daniel Wilkinson, a young human rights worker, the story begins in 1993, when the author decides to investigate the arson of a coffee plantation s manor house by a band of guerrillas The questions surrounding this incident soon broaden into a complex mystery whose solution requires Wilkinson to dig up the largely unwritten history of the country s recent civil war, following its roots back to a land reform movement that was derailed by a U.S sponsored military coup in 1954 and to the origins of a plantation system that put Guatemala s Mayan Indians to work picking coffee beans for the American and European markets Decades of terror inspired fear have led the Guatemalans to adopt a survival strategy of silence so complete that it verges on collective amnesia The author s great triumph is that he finds a way for people to tell their stories, and it is through these stories dramatic, intimate, heartbreaking that we are shown the anatomy of a thwarted revolution that has relevance not only to Guatemala but also to countless places around the world where terror has been used as a political tool


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Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala Reviews (31)

  • I read this book while working in a rural mountain clinic in Guatemala Passing through some of the peaceful villages Wilkinson discusses I found it difficult to believe these were the same villages and native people that within the last twenty years had experienced such terror and war and genocide.Y [..]

  • One of the best, most engaging pieces of non fiction writing I have read in a long time This book was recommended as a must read before my trip to Guatemala Though I knew a fair amount about the horrific civil war, this book succeeded in revealing a much personal, complex and tragic view of the war [..]

  • Definitely worth a read, well researched and written But sometimes hard to read only because of how disturbing the stories are I couldn t finish it [..]

  • I confess that I barely skimmed the last third of the book It s a skillful account of a researcher s efforts to discover what really happened during the Arbenz administration, when efforts were being made to redistribute some of the European land owners coffee plantation land to the workers The terr [..]

  • While researching for a documentary on the immigration crisis in Guatemala, I came across the reference of this book being one of the best books on the Guatemalan civil war, which lasted thirty six years and claimed some 200,000 people, the vast majority of whom died or disappeared at the hands of a [..]

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