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El Salvador Could Be Like That: A Memoir of War, Politics and Journalism on the Front-Row of the Last Bloody Conflict of the US-Soviet Cold War Paperback – March 1, 2013
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"Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller are somewhere smiling upon this account." --Journalist and filmmaker Mary Jo McConahay
"Anybody who wants to be a journalist - or a better journalist - will benefit from Frazier's shining example in this book." - The Tico Times
From the Author
I covered El Salvador from 1979-1986, the worst of the war years, for The Associated Press. In addition to wartime coverage, I visited several times later for the AP, and after retirement took solo road trips down from Oregon in 2009 and 2011.
My memoir is a ground's-eye view of the El Salvador war and of what it did to the peasants, the soldiers, the school kids, the union leaders, the shopkeepers, the fishermen and artisans, the parish priests - the everyday, unremarkable people who often wound up in unmarked graves and on the edit-room floor. It is also a look at the politics and economics and social history that underpinned the conflict.
I believe the journalists I worked with there in those years were among the finest anywhere. Too many of them died trying to get the story out. Many of the living will stroke a graying whisker or two and say, "No, it wasn't that way at all, it was this way, or this." But these are my recollections.
[Adapted from the author's introduction to the book.]
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If you have strong opinions and want them reinforced, there is plenty of stuff out there for you.
If you want to read a fair account of a people, a country and a policy shot through with contradictions, you should buyr and read this book.
This highlights a very negative time in American history in which the lies we were told by our government covered up genocide, racism, and a war that forced many El Salvadorans to flee their homeland. The book was excellent, detailed and well-written. I grabbed this when it was free and would gladly recommend it event at full price.
The only drawback for me was the editing, there were quite a few editing and grammar mistakes, and at times there were sections that were difficult to understand because of that. Despite that, I still enjoyed the book.
That said, any story about Salvadorans is always great. The Salvadoran people are generous, thoughtful & unique people; at least the poor and middle class are.
If you plan to go to El Salvador, make sure you read this first!