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The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    I'm still in shock!!!!

    I am a lawyer, born and raised in Guatemala. I worked for five years in the Supreme Court and I learned first hand, how fragile our justice system is. After I read this book, I realized that our justice system is weaker than I thought and the upper spheres of power are rotten and corrupt. This is a great book, very well documented, that reveals a good and profound investigation. I hope that in future years, this book becomes an obliged reading material in schools and universities, specially in law school. It's a great, well written thriller, but more than that, is the story of a country whose people are still struggling to become a nation that respects human rights. I commend and congratulate Mr. Francisco Goldman.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Extraordinary journalism.

    This is one of the best books ever written about the continuing struggle for open government and peace in Central America. While the focus of the book is the specific investigation into one man's murder (albeit an extremely important man), the revelations of the crime indict the real criminals: the governments of Guatemala and the United States, and the Roman Catholic Church. Goldman's writing is thorough, incisive, and always fair. His credentials as a journalist and a citizen of both countries make him the perfect reporter/author for this topic. The Art of Political Murder is thrilling and thought-provoking. Simply an extraordinary piece of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Good people can prevail in the face of corruption and pressure

    I picked this book up because of its title, knowing nothing about its premise but once I started reading I was hooked. I had to know who killed the Archbishop and why there were so many twists and turns related to his murder - setting it up, why supposedly "good" people were willing to be involved in it. I was struck by and gratified in reading how decent people can stand up in spite of insurmountable odds to make sure justice and decency prevail. It was inspiring to see how the case was investigated and how people were willing to put their lives on the line to do this and justices of the Guatamalian system would hear and prosecute the military men who planned and coordinated the murder -- but how sad to have to leave your country of origin and extended families to have to survive. This is a book for true believers in justice -- albeit an imperfect kind.

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