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Bridge of Courage: Life Stories of the Guatemalan Companeros & Companeras

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"A book not only for those interested in Guatamala, but forthose who want to know what makes people give up everything and fight for justice-everywhere"-Margaret Randall.This 2nd edition has an update from the author.[latin america][history][biograp
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Common Courage Press (first published 1994)
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Nov 23, 2008 Jonathan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in central america, human rights
Shelves: non-fiction
This book does not make for easy reading, it is after all about civil war and the brutality visited upon the indigenous peoples of Guatemala by the US backed military government. The story is told via various interviews held with Guatemalan guerilla fighters and includes some poignant and memorable passages. However, one major limitation of the book is that it fails to set all of the oral history contained within it in context.

When did the conflict in Guatemala start? What was the role of the U
Jul 07, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I've been meaning to read for years. Jennifer Harbury began working with the revolutionaries in the 1980s. Later she married a Guatemalan companero, who was captured by the Guatemalan army. Most of the time she did not know whether he was alive or dead. (He finally did die after several years of torture.) But being married to a companero gave her close look at the life of other companeros and companeras whose lives mostly ended in torture and death. But the revolutionaries fought ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Betsy rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of first-person narratives about what happened in Guatemala in 1985-86, at the height of the state-sponsored kidnappings, torture, and executions of the indigenous population. You hear why people joined the movement, what they witnessed being done to their friends and families, what life was like living in the mountains and being hunted by the US-trained (school of the americas) Guatemalan army, and why it was important for each of them to remain in the struggle. Some moment ...more
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Mar 13, 2016 Kevin Warman rated it it was amazing
Prepare yourself for a soul-wrenching, but essential read for those of us who want to learn about Guatemala. I strongly recommend for anyone who is thinking of traveling to Guatemala. Each story is a twinkling of understanding in a nation's dark past that the US helped shape. Understanding will hopefully lead to a better future for both Guatemala and the US.
Transcribed interviews about life in the guerilla in Guatemala during the 1980s. Reasons why people joined, their experiences in the mountains, what they think about the war and government and foreigners, what their lives were like. Incredibly powerful and inspirational and entirely relevant to the political struggle happening today in Guatemala.
May 01, 2012 Cherie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, activism
B A really interesting book, telling the stories of various companeras/os in Guatemala (a bit dated…) who were fighting for justice and against the horrible brutality of the military. Sad stories, brutal, but so important.
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Aug 09, 2011 Bethany Stoelting rated it really liked it
Excellent testimonies-- heart-wrenching yet hopeful. The interviews reflect perfectly the sentiments of those that I conducted myself in Guatemala.
Feb 29, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
I was very moved by this book in college.
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