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Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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'No book on this topic has approached the thoroughness and raw impact of Victoria Sandford's Buried Secrets.' - Christian Parenti, San Diego Union-Tribune

'...Sanford critically and eloquantly documents the U.S. sponsored violations of human rights in Guatemala.' - Lilliana Patricia Sandeman, San Antonio Express-News

'This landmark book reaches out to those who are trying to understand Guatemala...' - Jim Przepasniak, El Paso Times

'Victoria Sanford leads us into a powerful and heartbreaking history of testimonies. Her journey into this war zone ... is clear-eyed, haunting and, above all, close to the ground.' - Michael Ondaatje, Author of Anil's Ghost

'The genocide in Guatemala and how survivors have dealt with it constitutes, in Victora Sanford's gripping and compassionate tale, a crucial lesson in ways in which to keep memory and hope alive.' - Ariel Dorfman, Author of Death and the Maiden

About the Author

Victoria Sanford is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute on Violence and Survival at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is also the author of Violencia y Genocidio en Guatemala (2003).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (August 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403965595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403965592
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A most have resource for those students and experts of the Guatemalan history, human rights and Latin American issues. Dr. Sanford's research is brilliant!
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My main complaint about this book is that as a whole, this book is repetitive. I understand that some of the chapters are other studies printed elsewhere and that this is a compilation of these studies by the author, but the result is a slightly-frustrating read due to the repeating information. The topic, however, deserves our attention. The genocide in Guatemala during the Guatemalan civil war is an ugly part of the history of the USA, and I think few of our citizens understand the violent legacy that we encouraged and funded through the oppressively violent and corrupt Guatemalan army. It's shameful. If you know nothing about the topic, then this book would be an appropriate place to start but be warned that some of the material is heavily repeated throughout the text.
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Read first few chapters. Honest and insightful by someone on the ground. I appreciated her combination of ethnographic detail and keen insights into individuals like soldiers, rebels, etc.
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Great book even though it covers a pretty heavy subject. I personally read it for a class but if you enjoy international history is give it a shot.
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