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A History of Violence Living and Dying in Central America This is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years with Guatemala close behind Every day t

  • Title: A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America
  • Author: Óscar Martínez
  • ISBN: 9781784781682
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America By Óscar Martínez, This is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years, with Guatemala close behind Every day than 1,000 people men, women, and children flee these three countries for North America scar Mart nez, author of The Beast, named one of the best books of the year by tThis is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years, with Guatemala close behind Every day than 1,000 people men, women, and children flee these three countries for North America scar Mart nez, author of The Beast, named one of the best books of the year by the Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times, fleshes out these stark figures with true stories, producing a jarringly beautiful and immersive account of life in deadly locations Mart nez travels to Nicaraguan fishing towns, southern Mexican brothels where Central American women are trafficked, isolated Guatemalan jungle villages, and crime ridden Salvadoran slums With his precise and empathetic reporting, he explores the underbelly of these troubled places He goes undercover to drink with narcos, accompanies police patrols, rides in trafficking boats and hides out with a gang informer The result is an unforgettable portrait of a region of fear and a subtle analysis of the North American roots and reach of the crisis, helping to explain why this history of violence should matter to all of us.

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    1. When I first started practicing law, I was assisting a senior attorney in his defense of a gang member I asked, with bold and ignorant naivet , what gang MS 13 he replied simply, no doubt expecting that to be sufficient What s that I asked, dripping green from my shiny new suit.The older lawyer now a judge looked at me with an ironic smile and said, I ll tell you what, when you get home, Google it I did and my wife immediately demanded that I get a new job The defendant, a quiet man with a disar [...]

    2. Read on the WondrousBooks blog.This book is very informative and gives the reader a wide perspective of the lives people live in countries the existence of which gets forgotten on my side of the ocean If you ve ever wondered what life in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is like, this is the book for you, but beware it s bloodier and nightmarish than you can even imagine In fact, this is a life which can arguably be called worse than the one in war torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sy [...]

    3. This book is a collection of articles composed by Martinez over several years of reporting on organized crime and their tentacles in narcotrafficking, corruption, immigration, the prison system, and human trafficking in Central America The book is loosely structured around the dealings of two allied gangs, MS and Los Zetas, and their dominance in the Central American culture, and everyday dealings Martinez recounts the rise of the Mara Salvatrucha MS in California prisons in the 1980s, and the s [...]

    4. When people learn I was born and raised in Guatemala, I have come to expect one of two reactions First, wide eyes and a Wow, that must have been crazy Second, though far less frequently, maybe a story about visiting the colonial city of Antigua or of volunteering at an orphanage near Lake Lake Atitl n once And that s about it.Even though Central America is very close to us geographically, and though our histories are bound up together, for various reasons most people in the United States know ve [...]

    5. Amazingly timely reminder of the continuing damage of US intervention in Central America An essential read to understand contemporary drivers to Central American mass migration.

    6. A pickpocket who steals a cell phone can be sentenced to between six and ten years A man who sells another man to Los Zetas, only four This sobering sentence from the penultimate paragraph of Martinez s book is a great summation of this work At its depressing nadir, it is a tract of despair, however, within that despair, Martinez gives voice to some of the most voiceless vulnerable people in the world A History of Violence is a deeply readable collection of essays by the journalist Oscar Martine [...]

    7. This is a review of the English translation of Martinez s book If I had known this was a translation I never would have purchased it Whoever did the translation here did not do their job It s a shame, because an otherwise well researched and valuable book has been rendered unintelligible so much so that while reading, without knowing this was a translation, I felt my suspicions aroused and leafed to the front of the book to see, and sure enough it was a translation If a translation is doing it s [...]

    8. This is a stark and vivid depiction of the tragic situation in Mexico and Central America The horrific massacres and slavery that scar Mart nez so adroitly illustrates are important indictors of why US President Trumps wall is crucial to the citizens of these countries The USA cannot fix these problems for them and by continuing to prop up their economies through the remittance system and supporting the corrupt administrations we are enabling this tragedy What we are currently doing is not worki [...]

    9. Probably 3 1 2 stars It s painful to read through and a worthwhile rejoinder to the decision to deport those who ve been convicted of crimes.

    10. A brave and informative look into the underreported stories of Central America I have an immense respect for the author, scar Mart nez, who has put himself in great danger on multiple occasions to get these stories straight from the source, whether they be victims of trafficking, gang members, or city officials The writing itself is incisive and clear, evoking emotion without sacrificing its journalistic neutrality That being said, the book is essentially a collection of longform journalism piec [...]

    11. As a major fan of Oscar Martinez s journalism I was simply counting the days for this books release once I got my hands on it I cracked the book open and I began yet another literary journey into the darkness that has engulfed Central America The book for those of you who haven t read it is most definitely not for the faint of heart lot s of depiction of violent crimes such as homicides At times I often found myself setting the book down in order to not lose my full faith in humanity but my fait [...]

    12. The 14 articles in this book are very interesting As an actual book, though, these articles fall short There was obviously no effort to turn this collection of articles into an actual book For example, although each article assumes detailed knowledge of the geography of a certain area such as rural El Salvador, migrant routes through Mexico, or parts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua , there is only a single map, at the very beginning of the book, that just shows you where the countries and [...]

    13. I first met scar Mart nez at Modern Times Bookshop in San Francisco a few years ago when The Beast came out in the US He mentioned that his next book would be about the causes and effects of extreme violence in Central America I remember at the time thinking how courageous he is, as he embeds himself alongside the people whose stories he tells I had the good fortune to meet him again this year at UC Santa Cruz when this latest book came out in the US He opened the discussion stating that this is [...]

    14. This is a collection of articles bound together, not a book per say Most of the negative reviews I have read had a problem with this format If you can get past that there is a lot here worth reading and knowing I remember when articles started hitting the news a few years ago about the large number of women, babies, and unaccompanied minors in US custody caught trying to sneak into the US Why are so many young people and children ending up caught at our borders Who would send their children to a [...]

    15. Central America is one of the deadliest places on Earth Both El Salvador and Honduras have the highest homicide rate for the past decade with Guatemala following Everyday than 1,000 people are displaced from their home as they try to flee for their safety Oscar Martinez goes to Central America and interviews people to get their first hand account of the brutality and crime in Central America Oscar treks to small towns, jungle villages even Mexican brothels to get talk to the people and report a [...]

    16. Powerful material that makes abundantly clear the reasons why illegal immigration to the U.S will never stop until the problems of this region are addressed Build a wall Ya, Right Endless corruption, political chaos, dysfunctional courts, bought and paid for police and judges, and sadistic drug cartels have created a perfect storm for mass migration In the midst, a people caught in a maze of few jobs, little hope and tremendous fear As was The Beast , this is an eye opening, frightening look int [...]

    17. I struggle to evaluate this book on the one hand, Martinez paint a vivid, brutal picture of everyday life in a region flooded with violence and narcotrafficking that is compelling to read as it is disturbing on the other, there is little effort to contextualize this violence other than a few passing mentions to the Guatemalan civil war and gangs deported from LA in the 1990s in the foreward, the author insists that westerners ought read this book given their role in creating the nightmare that n [...]

    18. This book is excellent but badly edited Lots of overlapping information and repetition between chapters It s especially noticeable at the end And I think the beginning of the book misleads the reader into thinking that there will be consistent analysis of the role of the United States and imperialism, and it doesn t get there at all But it was really compelling and brutal to read, and it s obvious Martinez is an excellent journalist who balances personal stories with broader political context.

    19. The struggles of life in Central America make my heart sad Between this book and Narconomics and Dreamland, I have read too many disheartening stories and I just wish there was a readily available solution That being said, I think it is important to be aware of what is going on in the countries around us and I recommend this journalist s first person account of the gang life in Central America.

    20. LOVED it I lived in Guatemala and was aware of the narcos Many of the books incidents happened around where I worked and lived It s amazing that so much goes on in every day life and it s not noticed Great read about narcotrafficking and the common place violence in Central America.

    21. It s a collection of starkly horrifying articles than a book with clean, single narrative but man, the journalism makes for a fierce and frightening kaleidoscope impression of life in Central America.

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