More Terrible than Death: Violence, Drugs, and America's War in Colombia

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More Terrible Than Death is a gripping work that maps the dramatic new relationship between the United States and Colombia in human terms, using portraits of the Colombians and Americans involved, the author's experiences in Colombia as a writer and human rights investigator and an insider's analysis of the political realities that shape the expanding war on drugs and the growing U.S. military presence there. Looking at the war from the ground up, interviewing and profiling human rights activists, guerrillas, and...

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More Terrible Than Death: Drugs, Violence, and America's War in Colombia

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Overview

More Terrible Than Death is a gripping work that maps the dramatic new relationship between the United States and Colombia in human terms, using portraits of the Colombians and Americans involved, the author's experiences in Colombia as a writer and human rights investigator and an insider's analysis of the political realities that shape the expanding war on drugs and the growing U.S. military presence there. Looking at the war from the ground up, interviewing and profiling human rights activists, guerrillas, and paramilitaries to explain how it has changed their lives, Robin Kirk gives depth and meaning to the headlines that leave unexplained the intimate dimension of the U.S./Colombian relationship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586482077
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 803,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Kirk is a researcher on Colombia for Human Rights Watch and has written or contributed to more than twelve reports on Peru and Colombia. An award-winning journalist, Kirk is the author of The Monkey Paw: New Chronicles from Peru and a co-editor of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Map xi
Chronology xiii
Prologue xv
1 Josue 1
2 Basilisco 13
3 The Alchemist 35
4 The Hippopotamus 71
5 A Perfect Circle 99
6 The Devil's Table 141
7 Pataquiva's Lament 179
8 The Magic Kingdom 223
9 La Berraquera 259
Epilogue 289
Acknowledgments 295
Selected Sources 297
Index 301
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