The Art of Political Murder

The Art of Political Murder

Who Killed the Bishop?

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Baker & Taylor
Details the story of a remarkable group of engaging, courageous young people known as Los Intocables and their fight for justice in an in-depth account of the murder of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi, the country's leading human rights activist, as well as the killing or forced exiles of multiple witnesses, prosecutors, and judges. 50,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death in his garage on a Sunday night in 1998, two days after the presentation of a groundbreaking church-sponsored report implicating the military in the murders and disappearances of some two hundred thousand civilians. Realizing that it could not rely on police investigators or the legal system to solve the murder, the church formed its own investigative team, a group of secular young men in their twenties who called themselves Los Intocables (the Untouchables). Known in Guatemala as ?The Crime of the Century,” the Bishop Gerardi murder case, with its unexpectedly outlandish scenarios and sensational developments, confounded observers and generated extraordinary controversy. In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed novelist Francisco Goldman has spoken to witnesses no other reporter has reached, and observed firsthand some of the most crucial developments in the case. Now he has produced The Art of Political Murder , a tense and astonishing true detective story that opens a window on the new Latin American reality of mara youth gangs and organized crime, and tells the story of a remarkable group of engaging, courageous young people, and of their remarkable fight for justice.


Baker
& Taylor

Details the story of a group of engaging and courageous young people known as Los Intocables and their fight for justice, in an account of the murder of Guatemalan bishop Juan Gerardi, the country's leading human rights activist.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802118288
0802118283
Characteristics: 396 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Jun 24, 2017

********************* 100-STARRED REVIEW **************************
This is human depravity and heroism on a mythic scale, ever more terrifying and timeless for being true. - - - - - Charles Siebert
One cannot improve upon the above description from one of this book's blurbs. Although sometimes a tedious read, as this massive achievement is not simply an investigative procedural of the murder of a bishop, but such a brutal murder juxtaposed over an investigative procedural of a country, so expect a wealth of details as was necessary.
It would be an understatement to remark on the valiant courageousness of both the author, Francisco Goldman, and Helen Mack, whose sister was also brutally murdered by the Guatemalan military, and of course, Bishop Gerardi.
May we always remember the ultimate sacrifice of Maria del Rosario Godoy de Cuevas, her trade unionist husband, her younger brother, and her two-year-old son, the victims of torture/murders by the Guatemalan military.
It is sadly interesting the disinformation strategies around the Bishop's murder - - most similar to the disinformation plots surrounding the murder of President Kennedy, and the scandals surrounding the competing presidential candidates when Sarkozy of France was first elected [said scandals concocted by John Negroponte and Frank Wisner, Jr., through the Franco-American Foundation] and while there a bad people in all those countries, the one connecting dot is always the CIA.
[I must correct the author on his repitition of misleading recent American history on pp. 13 to 15, though: Eisenhower's motivation for the coup against Guatemala's second-only democratically elected president was not inspired by wayward ideology, but because his primary financial investor and friend, Floyd Odlum, was the single largest shareholder - - the majority shareholder - - in United Fruit Company. Also, while President Kennedy did indeed craft the original Alliance for Progress to help in identifying and supporting democratic reformers in the Americas, it was later and after his assassination that those reformers would be targeted and murdered by American government-supported Central American death squads [under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, et cetera]. Also, JFK's Alliance for Progress was watered down considerably after his murder.
Eisenhower's two principal backers were Odlum and Nelson Rockefeller, and when one examines the coups supported by Eisenhower's CIA - - in Iran, the attempt in Indonesia, et cetera, one sees the connections: the Rockefeller oil companies in Indonesia, Stanvac and Caltex, the Rockefeller-Mellon-Rothschild oil company, BP {although under a different name back then} in Iran. Money is the agenda, political ideology is the smokescreen.]

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mclarjh
Aug 31, 2016

Decent journalistic writing. Comprehensive, if a little long. Still lots of holes in the story.

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KSerá
Dec 20, 2011

Incredibly brave people confronted government terrorism in Guatemala.

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