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Silence on the Mountain reveals a buried history that has never been told before, focusing on those who were most affected by Guatemala's half-century of violence: the displaced native people and peasants who slaved on the coffee plantations. These were the people who had the most to gain from the aborted land reform movement of the early 1950s, who filled the growing ranks of the guerrilla movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and who suffered most when the military government retaliated with violence.
"An extraordinary tale, and an extremely well-told one . . . he has given us a rare and intimate understanding."—Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che: A Biography
"Enthralling, moving, completely original . . . put this up there with Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You . . . A brilliant and important book."—Francisco Goldman, author of The Ordinary Seaman
"[Wilkinson] combines the probity of a serious historian with the literary instincts of a crime writer . . . a delight to read."
"A beautiful, harrowing, and comprehensive narrative history." Salon
|I.||A House Burned|
|III.||A Future Was Buried|
|A Dangerous Question||83|
|The Law That Would Change the World||157|
|IV.||And They Were the Eruption|
|List of Names||361|
|Note on Sources||362|
If you care about what's happening in the world, this a good book. It kept my interest. Written like a detective novel, it explores the story of the burning of a plantation home. Over the course of the author's inquiries, he interviews a wide cast of characters including farm workers, wealthy elite, government officials, army officials, plantation superintendents, guerilla fighters, and former union officials. You get a sense of each individuals perspective and the daunting challenges facing anyone who cares to take on the inequities facing Guatemalas poor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.