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In 1982, Didion traveled to El Salvador at the height of the ghastly civil war. From battlefields to body dumps, she trained a merciless eye not only on the terror but also on the depredations and evasions of our own country's foreign policy.
Posted August 15, 2009
Joan Didion's reportage of her investigative journey in the heart of a Central American civil war reveals all the attributes every serious journalist must possess. She is courageous, politically astute, intellectually attuned, socially curious, able to see the wide-view and the intimate detail as one fabric, impossible to fool, and tough as nails. Ms. Didion's coverage of the massacre of many hundreds of innocent citizens in the mountainous region of El Mazote, and, worse, the cover-up by the governments of El Savador and the United States is both heartbreaking and infuriating. This is a condemning history lesson... not just about the civil war in El Salvador, but about the corrupt North American policies that rely on its own citizen's ignorance. The hope is that this book will change that. Joan Didion at her most facile and most serious. Extraordinary.
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