A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America

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Verso Books, Mar 8, 2016 - Political Science - 288 pages
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This is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world

El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years, with Guatemala close behind. Every day more than 1,000 people—men, women, and children—flee these three countries for North America. Óscar Martínez, author of The Beast, named one of the best books of the year by the Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times, fleshes out these stark figures with true stories, producing a jarringly beautiful and immersive account of life in deadly locations.

Martínez travels to Nicaraguan fishing towns, southern Mexican brothels where Central American women are trafficked, isolated Guatemalan jungle villages, and crime-ridden Salvadoran slums. With his precise and empathetic reporting, he explores the underbelly of these troubled places. He goes undercover to drink with narcos, accompanies police patrols, rides in trafficking boats and hides out with a gang informer. The result is an unforgettable portrait of a region of fear and a subtle analysis of the North American roots and reach of the crisis, helping to explain why this history of violence should matter to all of us.
 

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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Living and Dying in Central America

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Hard-hitting exploration of the violence visited by globalization and the narco-economy upon Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Human Rights Prize-winning journalist Martínez (The Beast ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword by Jon Lee Anderson
Preface
EMPTINESS
The State Against Chepe Furia
The Lords of the Border
Guatemala Is Spelled with a
A Nobody in the Land of Narcos
Made in Central America
The Most Miserable of Traitors
El Niño Hollywoods Death Foretold
The Massacre of Salcajá
Men Who Pull Out Nails
FLEEING
The Tamed Coyotes
Men Who Sell Women
The Prayers of El Salvadors AntiGang Police Unit

MADNESS
Our Bottomless Well
The Unfortunate History of an Undocumented Man Who Was Sold Extorted and Deported
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About the author (2016)

Óscar Martínez is the author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. He writes for El Faro, the first online newspaper in Latin America.

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