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First published in Peru in 1990, The Shining Path was immediately hailed as one of the finest works on the insurgency that plagued that nation for over fifteen years. A richly detailed and absorbing account, it covers the dramatic years between the guerrillas' opening attack in 1980 and President Fernando Belaunde's reluctant decision to send in the military to contain the growing rebellion in late 1982. Covering the strategy, actions, successes, and setbacks of both the government and the rebels, the book shows how the tightly organized insurgency forced itself upon an unwilling society just after the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime.
One of Peru's most distinguished journalists, Gustavo Gorriti first covered the Shining Path movement for the leading Peruvian newsweekly, Caretas. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and an impressive array of government and Shining Path documents, he weaves his careful research into a vivid portrait of the now-jailed Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmçn, Belaunde and his generals, and the unfolding drama of the fiercest war fought on Peruvian soil since the Chilean invasion a century before.
Latin American Research Review
One of the most informative accounts of the first phase of the insurrection launched by the Partido Comunista del Perú .
Latin American Studies
Provides a brilliant indictment of the ineffective and corrupt police and intelligence services.
Times Literary Supplement
Gorriti's classic account of the Sendero Luminoso retains all its immediacy and explanatory power in this fine translation.
Gorriti reminds us of the forceful impact of serious investigative reporting and the risk journalists face to reveal the truth.
José Miguel Vivanco, executive director, Americas division, Human Rights Watch
|Preface to the English Edition|
|1||Return to Democracy||7|
|3||Mohammed, Mao, Macbeth||21|
|4||Expectations and the Transfer of Power||37|
|5||The Vanished Files||43|
|6||The Dogs of War||55|
|9||To Capture Weapons and Means||107|
|14||A City Dominated: A Blow Is Struck in Ayacucho||163|
|15||Let Us Develop the Guerrilla War||174|
|16||The Offer of Asylum to Guzman||189|
|17||The Colloquium of the Blind: The Intelligence War||198|
|18||The Fall of Vilcashuaman||214|
|19||Party Military Thought||231|
|20||The Siege of Ayacucho||238|
Posted April 5, 2001
Forget all the preconceptions and hearsay you think you know about communist insurgencies. This book is an incredible humanistic and realistic relation of a turbulent opening to a total war. The book is highly readable and relentlessly interesting. Very highly recommendedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.