El Salvador Could Be Like That
A Memoir of War, Politics, and Journalism From the Front Row of the Last Bloody Conflict of the U.S.-Soviet Cold WarPaperback - 2012
"Joseph Frazier's book brings all his expertise, compassion and flair to the deeply compelling story of that hidden war which cost 75,000 lives. His eye is extraordinary. He sees through the fog and disinformation of both sides, sees the war's political complexity, and makes us feel its human cost. And he gets its ironies - Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller are somewhere smiling upon this account." - Journalist and filmmaker Mary Jo McConahay, author of National Geographic Book of the Month, Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. Joe Frazier, a longtime veteran of The Associated Press, covered the bloody civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Both broad in its sweep and intense in its focus on the daily lives of the war's victims, Frazier's book is an important contribution to the scholarship on this forgotten conflict. He explores the war and the factors that contributed to it in the hopes that such horrors will not be repeated. Deeply sympathetic to the ordinary people--of all political leanings--who suffered the most, Frazier exposes the daily horrors and injustices of this long, brutal war: death squads, disappearances, stolen children, food shortages, displacement, constant intimidation. Frazier calls upon his vast trove of articles written from the frontlines, interspersing the reporting of facts with personal stories--some funny, some tragic--and political commentary.
Publisher: Ojai, California : Karina Library Press, 2012.
Characteristics: xvi, 203 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm