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Evil Hour in Colombia

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Colombia is the least understood of Latin American countries. Its human tragedy, which features terrifying levels of kidnapping, homicide and extortion, is generally ignored or exploited. In this urgent new work Forrest Hylton, who has extensive first-hand experience of living and working in Colombia, explores its history of 150 years of political conflict, characterized b ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Verso (first published August 15th 2006)
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Neil P
Aug 11, 2011 Neil P rated it it was amazing
PRESIDENT OBAMA READ THIS BOOK BEFORE GIVING URIBE AND THE PARAMILITARIES ANYMORE MONEY! The US (and the coke-morons of london and greater europe) have actively turned Columbia into a mafia state - actively destroying the environment, actively funding political assassinations and knowingly allowing paramilitary rule by fear across the country. This is a comprehensive and fair book, well written (if, at times, assuming that the reader already has a knowledge of the region). After reading this, I ...more
Sebastien
Dec 24, 2016 Sebastien rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone even remotely interested in Colombia. It is admittedly a tough read at times (it was the first time I had encountered the term "parastate," for example), and as some other reviewers have pointed out, it almost reads as a Ph.D dissertation rather than as a book.

Forrest Hylton is the real deal though. I spoke to a Colombian historian about him who was surprised at the level of research a non-Colombian would put up with in order to write this, and he's right. Hylton goes into
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Mike
Sep 08, 2008 Mike rated it liked it
I want to say that I really liked this book, but I'm not sure. If it said what I think it said, then I very much enjoyed it. Only thing is that I found myself getting lost in the academic approach -- long, convoluted sentences. It also seems more suited to people with a bit of a background knowledge of the country. But it did show the evils of both dominant sides in the violence.
Tim Hankey
Nov 01, 2016 Tim Hankey rated it really liked it
Very detailed book but found the style of writing more akin to a PhD though. This is a shame as had it been more user friendly it could have much more impact and wider audience.

Need the half star for ratings as this'd be 3.5 for me.
Paul
Aug 20, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
I little heavy on academic and Marxist lingo, but very informative. Very good at giving a historical perspective and showing how, while everyone is worried about guerrilla violence, the power and violence of right-wing mafia-like "narco-paramilitaries" is more insidious and much scarier.
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This is a thought provoking book, it details a Colombia that most people are probably not aware of. Though, it is not an easy book and I surely did not understand a lot of it. The basic idea is that Colombia has a very violent past driven my conflicts between the government and the poor (communists). The U.S. supported the government and eventually weakened the FARC, to now there is peace. Those caught in the middle (the Afro-Colombians and indigenous) were killed or displaced. That is the basic ...more
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