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Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans

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This book is about a living legend, a young Guatemalan orphaned by government death squads who said that her odyssey from a Mayan Indian village to revolutionary exile was “the story of all poor Guatemalans.” Published in the autobiographical I, Rigoberta Menchú, her words brought the Guatemalan army’s atrocities to world attention and propelled her to the 1992 Nobel Peace ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 9th 1999 by Westview Press (first published December 8th 1998)
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Steve Kettmann
May 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
My S.F. Chronicle review from 1999:

Give David Stoll credit for world-class chutzpah. He not only takes it on himself as a North American anthropologist to go after Central America's most famous symbol of oppression, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, but he refers to her throughout his book as ``Rigoberta,'' despite the obvious lack of respect this shows. This is not a man who is going to be easily cowed by the hatred and recrimination he's sure to inspire.
Stoll, a professor at
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Elliot
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-school
While the author of this book is frequently criticized for attacking the story of Rigoberta Menchú, it seems that the vast majority of the attacks come from people who have made their decision about what they want to believe before they actually read the book. In reality, the book is presented in a honest and fair way that does not attack Rigoberta Menchú but rather points out inaccuracies with her story.

In my opinion this book should be assigned along with Rigoberta's, or at least given
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Thomas Ray
Feb 24, 2019 marked it as no
Shelves: guatemala
See Rigoberta Menchu Controversy by Arturo Arias.

Stoll relies on survivor interviews he did in the 1990s, more than 10 years after the worst of the slaughter, 1982-1983 under Ríos Montt and Ronald Reagan. Stoll's view is that of a leftist-hating cold warrior.

See also Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope, Beatriz Manz, pp. 9-11 of 311.

Also Crossing Borders, Rigoberta Menchú
Mumallah
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
The guy writes well but doesn't really know how to carry out a decent ethnography. His attempt to attack the leftist resistance forces in Guatemala and to portray them as having little popular support is a bit silly given the historical situation of the day. Hobsbawm's Primative Rebels details a good case for why the rebels must have had some support somewhere, else be destroyed by the death squads of the rightist military regime that sent Guatemalan society into such torment. An excellent case ...more
Amy
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book definitely helped me gain perspective on I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala and helped me sort out some of the issues I had with it. It was educational but not exactly enjoyable.
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