Best El Salvador History Books

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1. What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Author: by Carolyn Forché
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 11, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0525560395

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2019 National Book Award Finalist”Reading it will change you, perhaps forever. San Francisco ChronicleAstonishing, powerful, so important at this time. Margaret AtwoodWhat You Have Heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others.

Written by one of the most gifted poets of her generation, this is the story of a woman’s radical act of empathy, and her fateful encounter with an intriguing man who changes the course of her life. Carolyn Forch is twenty-seven when the mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep.

The relative of a friend, he is a charming polymath with a mind as seemingly disordered as it is brilliant. She’s heard rumors from her friend about who he might be: a lone wolf, a communist, a CIA operative, a sharpshooter, a revolutionary, a small coffee farmer, but according to her, no one seemed to know for certain.

He has driven from El Salvador to invite Forch to visit and learn about his country. Captivated for reasons she doesn’t fully understand, she accepts and becomes enmeshed in something beyond her comprehension. Together they meet with high-ranking military officers, impoverished farm workers, and clergy desperately trying to assist the poor and keep the peace.

2. The Massacre at El Mozote

Author: by Mark Danner
Published at: Vintage; 1st edition (April 5, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0679755258

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In December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army’s select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation. Although reports of the massacre – and photographs of its victims – appeared in the United States, the Reagan administration quickly dismissed them as propaganda.

In the end, El Mozote was forgotten. The war in El Salvador continued, with American funding. When Mark Danner’s reconstruction of these events first appeared in The New Yorker, it sent shock waves through the news media and the American foreign-policy establishment.

Now Danner has expanded his report into a brilliant book, adding new material as well as sources. He has produced a masterpiece of scrupulous investigative journalism that is also a testament to the forgotten victims of a neglected theater of the cold war.

3. Coffeeland: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug

Author: by Augustine Sedgewick
Published at: Penguin Press (April 7, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1594206153

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceExtremely wide-ranging and well researched … In a tradition of protest literature rooted more in William Blake than in Marx. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker The epic story of how coffee connected and divided the modern world Coffee is an indispensable part of daily life for billions of people around the world.

But few coffee drinkers know this story. It centers on the volcanic highlands of El Salvador, where James Hill, born in the slums of Manchester, England, founded one of the world’s great coffee dynasties at the turn of the twentieth century.

Adapting the innovations of the Industrial Revolution to plantation agriculture, Hill helped turn El Salvador into perhaps the most intensive monoculture in modern historya place of extraordinary productivity, inequality, and violence. In the process, both El Salvador and the United States earned the nickname Coffeeland, but for starkly different reasons, and with consequences that reach into the present.

4. Salvador

Author: by Joan Didion
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 26, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0679751830

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“Terror is the given of the place.” The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is Joan Didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country’s particular brand of terrorits mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy.”Everything [Didion] writes grows out of close observation of the social landscape of El Salvador.

And it is quite impossible to deny the artistic brilliance of her reportage. She brings the country to life.” The New York TimesAs ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb “to disappear,” Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.

5. The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)

Author: by Marshall C. Eakin
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (June 12, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1403980816

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This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century.

The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.

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Author: by Ellie and Friends
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (June 15, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1548149161

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Robot coloring book Welcome to the futurea lively world of robot animals, robot dogs, robot bird, robot fish, robot monkey and robot cat. And kids who love these animated marvels will adore this book. The fun activities featuring dog, cat, monkey, and their robotic animals.

This simple and fun activity can help greatly in the development of your children. This is a coloring book with Robotic animals to color that keeps little ones busy and entertained for hours…

7. The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas

Author: by Eric Rutkow
Published at: Scribner; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1501103902

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From the award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway, and the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Pan-American Highway, monument to a century’s worth of diplomacy and investment, education and engineering, scandal and sweat, is the longest road in the world, passable everywhere save the mythic Darien Gap that straddles Panama and Colombia. The highway’s history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories.

In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highwaythe United States’ other great twentieth-century hemispheric infrastructure projecthas become an orphan of the past, effectively erased from the story of the American Century. The Longest Line on the Map uncovers this incredible tale for the first time and weaves it into a tapestry that fascinates, informs, and delights.

8. Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Author: by Elisabeth Wood
Published at: Cambridge University Press; Illustrated edition (March 9, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0521010504

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Elisabeth Wood’s account of insurgent collective action in El Salvador is based on oral histories gathered from peasants who supported the insurgency and those who did not, as well as on interviews with military commanders from both sides. She explains how widespread support among rural people for the leftist insurgency during the civil war in El Salvador challenges conventional interpretations of collective action.

Those who supplied tortillas, information, and other aid to guerillas took mortal risks and yet stood to gain no more than those who did not.

9. Rutilio Grande: A Table for All (People of God)

Author: by Rhina Guidos
Published at: Liturgical Press (March 16, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1842152300

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In Rutilio Grande: A Table for All, veteran journalist Rhina Guidos explores the inspiring life and ministry of the Salvadoran priest whose killing changed the church in El Salvador and the life of his close friend, the country’s most prominent church member, Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Born in a rural and poor hamlet surrounded by sugarcane fields in El Salvador, Grande went on to study in Europe and Latin America as a member of the Society of Jesus. Though he found himself in the comfort of academia, he gave it up to return to the periphery of the rural world and its people.

Inspired by teachings of the Second Vatican Council and a major bishops’ meeting in Medellin, Colombia, he and a team set out to teach the poor to read, to stand up for their rights, and to call out injustices perpetrated by the government.

Grande’s brutal 1977 assassination in a shower of gunfire marked the first notorious killing of a Catholic Church member during El Salvador’s civil conflict, but made him one in a long line of El Salvador’s Catholic martyrs.

10. The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum and the US-Mexican Border and Beyond

Author: by John Washington
Published at: Verso (April 3, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1788734721

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The first comprehensive, in-depth book on the Trump administration’s assault on asylum protectionsArnovis couldn’t stay in El Salvador. If he didn’t leave, a local gangster promised that his family would dress in mourningthat he would wake up with flies in his mouth.

It was like a bomb exploded in my life, Arnovis said. The Dispossessed tells the story of a twenty-four-year-old Salvadoran man, Arnovis, whose family’s search for safety shows how the United Statesin concert with other Western nationshas gutted asylum protections for the world’s most vulnerable.

Crisscrossing the border and Central America, John Washington traces one man’s quest for asylum. Arnovis is separated from his daughter by US Border Patrol agents and struggles to find security after being repeatedly deported to a gang-ruled community in El Salvador, traumatic experiences relayed by Washington with vivid intensity.

Adding historical, literary, and current political context to the discussion of migration today, Washington tells the history of asylum law and practice through ages to the present day. Packed with information and reflection, The Dispossessed is more than a human portrait of those who cross bordersit is an urgent and persuasive case for sharing the country we call home.


Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle over Memory
Author: by Erik Ching
Published at: University of North Carolina Press (September 12, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1469628660

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El Salvador’s civil war began in 1980 and ended twelve bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers, and the death and disappearance of more than 75,000 people.

Examining El Salvador’s vibrant life-story literature written in the aftermath of this terrible conflict-including memoirs and testimonials-Erik Ching seeks to understand how the war has come to be remembered and rebattled by Salvadorans and what that means for their society today.

Ching identifies four memory communities that dominate national postwar views: civilian elites, military officers, guerrilla commanders, and working class and poor testimonialists. Pushing distinct and divergent stories, these groups are today engaged in what Ching terms a “narrative battle” for control over the memory of the war.

Their ongoing publications in the marketplace of ideas tend to direct Salvadorans’ attempts to negotiate the war’s meaning and legacy, and Ching suggests that a more open, coordinated reconciliation process is needed in this postconflict society. In the meantime, El Salvador, fractured by conflicting interpretations of its national trauma, is hindered in dealing with the immediate problems posed by the nexus of neoliberalism, gang violence, and outmigration.

12. Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada

Author: by Maria Cristina Garcia
Published at: University of California Press; First edition (March 6, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0520247017

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The political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala had a devastating human toll at the end of the twentieth century. A quarter of a million people died during the period 1974-1996. Many of those who survived the wars chose temporary refuge in neighboring countries such as Honduras and Costa Rica.

Others traveled far north, to Mexico, the United States, and Canada in search of safety. Over two million of those who fled Central America during this period settled in these three countries. In this incisive book, Mara Cristina Garca tells the story of that migration and how domestic and foreign policy interests shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

She describes the experiences of the individuals and non-governmental organizationsprimarily church groups and human rights organizationsthat responded to the refugee crisis, and worked within and across borders to shape refugee policy. These transnational advocacy networks collected testimonies, documented the abuses of states, re-framed national debates about immigration, pressed for changes in policy, and ultimately provided a voice for the displaced.

13. History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present (Wiley Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World)

Author: by Teresa A. Meade
Published at: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd edition (January 19, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1118772485

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Now available in a fully-revised and updated second edition, A History of Modern Latin America offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the rich cultural and political history of this vibrant region from the onset of independence to the present day.

Includes coverage of the recent opening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. And Cuba as well as a new chapter exploring economic growth and environmental sustainability Balances accounts of the lives of prominent figures with those of ordinary people from a diverse array of social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds Features first-hand accounts, documents, and excerpts from fiction interspersed throughout the narrative to provide tangible examples of historical ideas Examines gender and its influence on political and economic change and the important role of popular culture, including music, art, sports, and movies, in the formation of Latin American cultural identity Includes all-new study questions and topics for discussion at the end of each chapter, plus comprehensive updates to the suggested readings

14. Political Movements and Violence in Central America (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)

Author: by Charles D. Brockett
Published at: Cambridge University Press; Illustrated edition (February 21, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0521600552

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This analysis of the confrontation between popular movements and repressive regimes in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala, examines urban and rural groups as well as nonviolent social movements and revolutionary movements over three decades from 1960 on. It studies the impact of state violence on contentious political movements and defends the political process model for studying such movements.

15. To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920–1932

Author: by Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago
Published at: Duke University Press Books; Illustrated edition (July 9, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0822342281

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To Rise in Darkness offers a new perspective on a defining moment in modern Central American history. In January 1932 thousands of indigenous and ladino (non-Indian) rural laborers, provoked by electoral fraud and the repression of strikes, rose up and took control of several municipalities in central and western El Salvador.

Within days the military and civilian militias retook the towns and executed thousands of people, most of whom were indigenous. This event, known as la Matanza (the massacre), has received relatively little scholarly attention. In To Rise in Darkness, Jeffrey L.Gould and Aldo A.

Lauria-Santiago investigate memories of the massacre and its long-term cultural and political consequences. Gould conducted more than two hundred interviews with survivors of la Matanza and their descendants. He and Lauria-Santiago combine individual accounts with documentary sources from archives in El Salvador, Guatemala, Washington, London, and Moscow.

They describe the political, economic, and cultural landscape of El Salvador during the 1920s and early 1930s, and offer a detailed narrative of the uprising and massacre. The authors challenge the prevailing idea that the Communist organizers of the uprising and the rural Indians who participated in it were two distinct groups.