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Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 041593303X, Hardcover)"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". "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". Faced-paced and beautifully written, "Walking Ghosts" presents a window into one of the most fascinating and deadly conflicts of our time. Steven Dudley unpicks the complicated conflict between the Colombian government and FARC, the country's largest and most powerful guerrila group. He focuses on the compelling stories of key actors - politicians, drug kingpins, revolutionaries and killers - in this struggle that has plagued Colombia for the past fifty years. Dudley has seen this war up close: dead bodies, paramiltaries, victims, guerillas and survivors. He has witnessed political parties grappling for power by any means necessary, spoken to all sides and asked the tough questions to deliver this definitive new account.
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"In Walking Ghosts Steven Dudley chronicles the life and death of the UP (Patriotic Union party) through stories of the politicians, drug kingpins, revolutionaries, and mercenaries who play key roles in Colombia's civil strife. Dudley maps out the complicated and murderous absurdity that is present-day Colombia, where daily life has devastating consequences: 30,000 murders per year; 75 political assassinations per week, 10 kidnappings a day. As the conflict gets bloodier, international pressure and influence mounts: Worried about the FARC's strength and its role in the drug trade, the United States has sent close to three billion dollars in aid to help the Colombian government fight the FARC." "Walking Ghosts presents a window into a conflict likely to shape the politics of this hemisphere for years to come."--BOOK JACKET.
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