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How Difficult It Is to Be God: Shining Path’s Politics of War in Peru, 1980–1999 (Critical Human Rights) Kindle Edition
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It has been nearly twenty years since Sendero Luminoso began to collapse and now historians, anthropologists and other academics are heading up to the mountains and are trying to understand what happened during the insurgency. They are looking at the conflict at the micro level and breaking it down to individual towns, hamlets and families. Miguel La Serna and Olga Gonzalez' works are examples of this movement to obtain a deeper local understanding of Sendero Luminoso.
The beauty of "How Difficult it is to Be God" is that the late Carlos Ivan Degregori looks at Sendero Luminoso from the macro view. He looks at the insurgency from 20,000 feet and is able to explain the war in more general and all encompassing terms. Having followed Sendero Luminoso from the early 1970's until his death, Degregori had a granular understanding of the organization. He was able to leverage this deep knowledge to draw larger conclusions. Over the years, I have read a number of books about Sendero Luminoso and this book is by far the best big picture view of Sendero Luminoso that I have ever come across. Highly recommended.
It is also entertaining. The political opinions of the author do not affect the objectivity of the narrative so the reader can make his own