To Save Her Life: Disappearance, Deliverance, and the United States in Guatemala / Edition 1

To Save Her Life: Disappearance, Deliverance, and the United States in Guatemala / Edition 1

by Dan Saxon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520252454

ISBN-13: 9780520252455

Pub. Date: 05/21/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

Part human rights drama, part political thriller, part love story, this riveting narrative chronicles the disappearance of one woman as it tells the larger story of the past fifty years of violence and struggle for social justice and democracy, and U.S. intervention in Guatemala. Maritza Urrutia was abducted from a middle-class neighborhood while taking her son to

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Part human rights drama, part political thriller, part love story, this riveting narrative chronicles the disappearance of one woman as it tells the larger story of the past fifty years of violence and struggle for social justice and democracy, and U.S. intervention in Guatemala. Maritza Urrutia was abducted from a middle-class neighborhood while taking her son to school in 1992. To Save Her Life tells the story of her ordeal which included being interrogated in secret by army intelligence officers about her activities as part of a political opposition group. Chained to a bed, blindfolded, and deprived of sleep, Maritza was ultimately spared because her family was able to contact influential intermediaries, including author Dan Saxon, who was in Guatemala working for the Catholic Church's Human Rights Office. Here Saxon brings to life the web of players who achieved her release: the Church, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Congress, numerous NGOs, guerrilla groups, politicians, students, and the media. Reaching back to 1954, when Maritza's grandparents were activists, the book is a study of the complex and often cruel politics of human rights, and its themes reverberate from Guatemala to Guantánamo to Iraq.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252455
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/21/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Guatemala
List of Abbreviations
Preface

PART ONE: THE DISAPPEARANCE
1. Thursday, July 23. 1992
2. Thursday Morning and Afternoon
3. Friday, July 24, 1992
4. Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26. 1992
5. The Catholic Church in Guatemala, 1524-1992
6. Monday and Tuesday, July 27-28, 1992
7. Wednesday, July 29, 1992
8. Thursday, July 30, 1992

PART TWO: THE VISA
9. Friday, July 31, 1992
10. Saturday, August 1, 1992
11. Sunday, August 2, 1992
12. Monday, August 3, 1992
13. Tuesday, August 4, 1992
14. Wednesday, August 5, 1992
15. Thursday, August 6, 1992

The Aftermath
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography and Further Reading

Index

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