Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America

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An honest judge in Medellin, a Maoist guerilla of Peru's Shining Path, the fair-haired Angel of Death in Argentina's Dirty War, the pool-party rich of El Salvador, the disabused revolutionaries of Nicaragua, and the ordinary Chileans who became silent partners in Pinochet's dictatorship—these people live in Latin America, but their stories illuminate the human face of violence all over the world.

Tina Rosenberg spent five years trying to understand their world and learning to ...

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An honest judge in Medellin, a Maoist guerilla of Peru's Shining Path, the fair-haired Angel of Death in Argentina's Dirty War, the pool-party rich of El Salvador, the disabused revolutionaries of Nicaragua, and the ordinary Chileans who became silent partners in Pinochet's dictatorship—these people live in Latin America, but their stories illuminate the human face of violence all over the world.

Tina Rosenberg spent five years trying to understand their world and learning to live with these "children of Cain." Their stories are disturbing precisely because these people are not monsters; the faces in Children of Cain are not those of strangers.

Award-winning journalist Tina Rosenberg spent five years in Latin America--drinking coffee with hit men and sunbathing with death-squad financiers--to understand people for whom violence is a way of life. Her six vivid and haunting portraits illuminate the human face of violence, not only in Latin America, but all over the world.

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Library Journal
Journalist Rosenberg asks a question asked by most foreign observers of Latin America: What inclines its citizens to commit the excessive physical violence against each other that is endemic to the region? To answer this significant question, Rosenberg, rather than focusing on the victim's point of view, the subject of such works as Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number ( LJ 5/15/81), instead explores the dark side of humanity, those who make such cruelty possible. He presents six fascinating characters in this extraordinary account: an honest Medellin judge, murdered for his integrity; an Argentine naval captain, responsible for the torture and death of hundreds; an active member of the mysterious, fanatic Peruvian Sendero Luminoso ; a representative of the El Salvadorean wealthy class; a Nicaraguan guerrilla turned interior officer; and a Chilean student leader. Highly recommended.-- Roderic A. Camp, Central Coll., Pella, Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140172546
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 276,174
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Rosenberg

Journalist Tina Rosenberg lived and traveled extensively in Latin America from 1985 to 1991. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic. She now lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Children of Cain Introduction

One: Quijote

Two: The Good Sailor

Three: Dialectic

Four: The Laboratory

Five: The Triumph

Six: The Pig's Tail

Selected Bibliography

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