Dudley has written for many national periodicals, and his dispatches from Colombia have been heard on National Public Radio. His five years in that war-, drug-, and assassin-torn country are fodder for this extremely revealing volume of reportage. Infinite patience and concentration will be needed to navigate the author's encyclopedic exposition. Careful readers, though, are rewarded with a cast of characters so colorful that if the venue were shifted to the U.S., they could only reside in New Orleans. A country with one-seventh the population of the U.S. experiences some 30,000 murders per year, 75 political assassinations per week, and 10 kidnappings per day. (Kidnapping in order to elicit funding for political fronts has been perfected to a high art.) So deadly are the country's politics that the author had to flee the country and still fears for his life. But he was impelled to chronicle the story anyway in this thrilling and informative read. Includes impromptu photographs that assist in humanizing the myriad rebels, guerrillas, drug kingpins, and politicians who populate this quagmire. Allen WeaklandCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"A brave, meticulously researched story of missed opportunities, treachery and revenge, and the burden of history on a country that has rarely known peace."
-Scott Wilson, the "Washington Post
..."an authoritative work of modern history which is also a nail-biting page turner ... Dudley writes with an appealing blend of passion and honesty, and his book is absolutely riveting."
-Jon Lee Anderson, the "New Yorker
"Meticulously reported, Walking Ghosts...leaves the reader on the edge of his seat."
-Juan Forero, "New York Times
..."essential reading for anyone who wants to fully understand the causes of Latin America's longest-running civil war. A brave and unflinching book."
-Joseph Contreras, "Newsweek
..."an engrossing, sometimes hair-raising account of Colombia's bloody, overlapping conflicts."
-Roane Carey, "The Nation