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More terrible than death : massacres, drugs, and America's war in Colombia
Kirk, Robin.
Personal Author:
lst edition.
Publication Information:
New York : PublicAffairs, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxi, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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HV5840.C7 K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The only contemporary history of Colombia and the drug war and "a vividly written and often mesmerizing first-hand account of the violence" "--The Wall Street Journal"

Author Notes

Robin Kirk has been a researcher on Colombia for Human Rights Watch since 1992

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mapping the destructive effects of Colombia's drug war from the ground up, Human Rights Watch researcher Kirk (The Monkey's Paw: New Chronicles from Peru) personalizes the devastation created by the violence among the paramilitary, the guerillas and the drug cartels. The result is a very readable and heart-wrenching narrative blending interviews, personal experiences and observations about the violence that has defined and destroyed Colombia for decades. Unfortunately, the book's insider perspective is both its greatest asset and its greatest failing, as the account centers more on an individual American's experience than on America's war in Colombia. Although Kirk is adept at explaining complicated internal problems within Colombia and detailing the general misery and bloodshed there, her personal anecdotes and tenuously related observations do little to advance the book and too often get in the way of the powerful accounts she is trying to present. The key to the drug war-the connection between the United States and Colombia- gets less than its due, as the majority of the narrative details internal problems in Colombia having little to do with the U.S or, at times, with drugs. Given Kirk's experience in the region and obvious investigative talent, it is disappointing that she doesn't provide an in-depth analysis of the role the U.S. has played in the region, why Colombia's plight should matter to Americans, and prospects for the country in the future. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Mapp. XI
Chronologyp. XIII
Prologuep. XV
1 Josuep. 1
2 Basiliscop. 13
3 The Alchemistp. 35
4 The Hippopotamusp. 71
5 A Perfect Circlep. 99
6 The Devil's Tablep. 141
7 Pataquiva's Lamentp. 179
8 The Magic Kingdomp. 223
9 La Berraquerap. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Selected Sourcesp. 291
Indexp. 295