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Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America

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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 dictatorship—these people live in Latin America, but their stories illuminate the human face of viol ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Penguin Books (first published 1991)
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Gregory Schultz
Dec 06, 2010 Gregory Schultz rated it really liked it
When you read this book, you'll get a better understanding why many Latin America countries are called third-world countries. There was one point I thought I was reading a duplicate paragraph; it turns out it was a different country.

Tina Rosenberg is a great author who lived in the countries she wrote about and experiences the daily electrical outages, water shortage, daily gun battles, million percent inflation, governments overthrown, etc. The above were almost daily occurrences. This wasn't a
Martin Streetman
Mar 02, 2008 Martin Streetman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Murry - maybe - he may have been able to write it
This book was really fascinating but depressing. It was broken into 6 parts each about a different country. What I took away from it was that regardless of how much the USG spent down there that it hasn’t changed much and when the US looses interest or the money stops flowing things go back to the way they have always been.

"plata o plomo" A choice in Columbia, silver or lead, a bribe or a bullet.

"Few Revolutions create the just and free societies they seek to create. But at least they produce a
Sep 22, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it
Perhaps one of the most disturbing parts of a disturbing book is that reading about Chile in the early 80s didn't sound far enough from what it's like over here more recently. Too much of it was just too similar.
Nov 26, 2008 Aldean rated it really liked it
I know I didn't get all the way through this book, but that was in no way a negative reflection upon the merits of this fine peice of extended journalism. (Only a negative reflection on my atention span as a reader.) What I did read was intense, well-researched and very well-written, a look into a world of violent inequities. Each chapter focuses on a different nation in Latin America with some representative narrative, examining events and characters, usually with the author tracking down and i ...more
Jake Berlin
a compelling look at latin america in the 1980s. rosenberg makes incredibly complex situations understandable through clear prose and accessible through personal stories.
Rafael Gonzalez
Sep 25, 2007 Rafael Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Tina Rosenberg travels to Latin America when violence is the norm and as a pulitzer-winning journalist, her style alone is compelling. She throws herself into Colombia, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador and Peru when bureaucratic authoritarianism and violent military regimes are waging war on their own citizens and reports, with thick, flowing, gut-wrenching tales of what it was like to live as a repressed and violated citizen.
Feb 19, 2008 Andre rated it liked it
This book shows just a fraction of the violence that takes place in South America, but it intentionally steers clear of making it just a show of who is more violent or how incredible the carnage of American backed regimes could be, but focuses on how they came to such a state and the process to getting there.
Cat Browne
May 12, 2010 Cat Browne rated it really liked it
A lot of this book was very hard to read as it describes the methods of torture employed by different regimes in south and central america. As a portrait of modern day warfare, and the inhumanities that the human race subject each other to it was fascinating
Oct 22, 2015 Russ rated it liked it
Tina Rosenberg gives good insight into how politics have played out in South America, and perhaps gives a warning to those in the United States how apathy can lead to dictatorship.
Fatima Jinnah
Aug 23, 2008 Fatima Jinnah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latin
This book describes a lot of violence so you really have to know that before you begin. I had to mentally prepare to read the book.
Aug 17, 2007 Remi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: reviews-by-remi
What you read in newspapers or history books mean shit unless you read this. Amazing, violent, hopeful and worrisome all rolled into one.
One of the first books I read to better understand Latin America, and still one of the best.
Jun 06, 2011 Joan rated it did not like it
don't know how to delete this. i never read this. maybe i will
mauricio garcia
Aug 21, 2007 mauricio garcia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: yes
a bit one-sided, but insightful nonetheless.
Dec 14, 2007 D rated it really liked it
Great look at violence in south america
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Tina Rosenberg, the winner of a MacArthur grant, is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a former member of the Times editorial board. Her book The Haunted Land won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
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