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Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt 1982-1983
"Waging a counterinsurgency war and justified by claims of 'an agreement between Guatemala and God, ' Guatemala's Evangelical Protestant military dictator General Rios Montt incited a Mayan holocaust: over just 17 months, some 86,000 mostly Mayan civilians were murdered. Virginia Garrard-Burnett dives into the horrifying, bewildering murk of this episode, the Western hemis ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published December 16th 2009)
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Apr 22, 2018 Tim Hoiland rated it really liked it
I was born in Guatemala at the height of a 36-year civil war, during the short but consequential dictatorship of Ríos Montt. An outspoken Pentecostal and a former army general, he was tried for genocide even while some – including a number of Christians I know – continue to defend his legacy as an upstanding godly leader. Needless to say, it’s a complicated story, and here Garrard-Burnett tells it with a degree of nuance that’s so often missing in books like this. Which is not to say her assessm ...more
Apr 15, 2018 Amy rated it it was ok · review of another edition
If you are looking for some useful background on the violence in Guatemala, then I can recommend the early chapters of this book. It does a good job of breaking down the involved parties and the different spikes of violence, particularly during the regime of Rios Montt. However, it is clear that the author isn't particularly immersed in genocide theory. Whenever she tries to discuss genocide or potential reasons for the violence, everything becomes muddy. At different points in the book the auth ...more