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Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice

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"A tale told well that provides valuable insights into the motives and modus operandi of the death squads in El Salvador, and of the financiers who commissioned and facilitated such crimes. It also highlights the difficulties that face those who pursue such cases many years after the crimes have taken place."—New York Review of Books
 On March 24, 1980, the assassination of
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Published January 24th 2017 by University of California Press
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Micah
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did a long interview with the author of this book about the Salvadoran Civil War, Oscar Romero's assassination, and the attempts to hold his killers accountable — listen here: https://www.blubrry.com/jacobin/21123... ...more
Leigh Matthews
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I was moved to tears on numerous occasions and feel so much richer for having read this incredible history of events leading up to, surrounding, and resulting from the murder of Archbishop Romero.

For such a heavy subject, the author deftly weaves complex narratives and creates an accessible and engrossing story. It almost feels wrong to call this a page-turner, given the horrifying topic, but once I started reading this book I found it hard to put down
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Trish
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Began to read it just after attending special Mass at St George's (Catholic) Cathedral, Southwark (S London) - we've an indult- on the anniversary of his martyrdom. I counted about 22 priests concelebrating, in the red chasubles usually reserved for martyrs who are already canonised. We pray for that final recognition before his 100th birthday on 15/08/17.
Like Papa Francesco, Romero underwent a conversion, from conservative priest maintaining the status quo, personally pious, but preferring to l
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Eric
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well worth a read. This book gives an inside story of a rag-tag fight for accountability -- highlighting the long game played by justice campaigners working as a countermovement to the deadly collaboration between fanatical militarists and ideological zealots who preached democracy at home while undermining it abroad.
James Valdez
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a great story that needs to be told.There is so much history and background information filled into the book, my only problem was the jumping around the timeline throughout the book. It made it difficult for me to keep up with what was going on and who was who.
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May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A neighbor offered some books on her porch so I picked this one up. It held my interest and helped explain why it’s been so difficult to bring the El Salvador death squads and their financiers to justice.
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