Children of Cain
Violence and the Violent in Latin America
Drinking coffee with hit men, sunbathing with death-squad financiersan award-winning journalist goes behind the scenes to present six vivid and haunting portraits of volence in Latin America
An honest judge in Medellin, a Maoist guerilla of Peru's Shining Path, the fair-haired Angel of Death in Argentina's Dirty War, the pool-party rich of El Salvador, the disabused revolutionaries of Nicaragua, and the ordinary Chileans who became silent partners in Pinochet's dictatorshipthese people live in Latin America, but their stories illuminate the human face of violence all over the world.
Tina Rosenberg spent five years trying to understand their world and learning to live with these "children of Cain." Their stories are disturbing precisely because these people are not monsters; the faces in Children of Cain are not those of strangers.
Two: The Good Sailor
Four: The Laboratory
Five: The Triumph
Six: The Pig's Tail
"There is perhaps no more succinct and authoritative account of . . . pivotal events in recent Latin American history. There is certainly no better-written and more riveting account."
"Rosenberg . . . provides sharp analysis and history. . . . This is an important book. Rosenberg asks all sides for answers, ad braves real physical danger, and retains a healthy incredultiy and sense of humor."
"It is Rosenberg's intelligent eye, her sense of the absurd, her unfailing courage and perseverance, and most important, her empathy and compassion that bring Children of Cain to life and start to lead North American readers down the hard path toward understanding Latin America."
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