The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War

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Vintage Books, 1994 - History - 304 pages
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In December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation. Although reports of the massacre -- and photographs of its victims -- appeared in the United States, the Reagan administration quickly dismissed them as propaganda. In the end, El Mozote was forgotten. The war in El Salvador continued, with American funding.

When Mark Danner's reconstruction of these events first appeared in The New Yorker, it sent shock waves through the news media and the American foreign-policy establishment. Now Danner has expanded his report into a brilliant book, adding new material as well as the actual sources. He has produced a masterpiece of scrupulous investigative journalism that is also a testament to the forgotten victims of a neglected theater of the cold war.

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Danner's writing quickly draws you in to the world of the oppressed, making it impossible not to empathize with them. As a journalist he knows how to get the facts to the reader - frequently providing ... Read full review

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Excellent book, well researched, told in a compelling manner. Documents at the end were very helpful. This is a good read for anyone who wants to learn about U.S. foreign policy with Latin America.


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Mark Danner is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributor to Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, PBS television, and National Public Radio. He is author of The Massacre at El Mozote. He is a professor at the University of California–Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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