By Greg Grandin
After a long time of bloodshed and political terror, many lament the increase of the left in Latin the USA. because the triumph of Castro, politicians and historians have accused the left there of rejecting democracy, embracing communist totalitarianism, and prompting either progressive violence and a right-wing backlash. via unheard of archival study and gripping own stories, Greg Grandin powerfully demanding situations those perspectives during this vintage paintings. In doing so, he uncovers the hidden historical past of the Latin American chilly warfare: of hidebound reactionaries keeping directly to their strength and privilege; of Mayan Marxists mixing indigenous notions of justice with common principles of equality; and of a usa assisting new varieties of kingdom terror through the region.
With Guatemala as his case learn, Grandin argues that the Latin American chilly battle was once a fight no longer among political liberalism and Soviet communism yet visions of democracy—one brilliant and egalitarian, the opposite tepid and unequal—and that the conflict’s major influence used to be to cast off homegrown notions of social democracy. up-to-date with a brand new preface by way of the writer and an interview with Naomi Klein, The final Colonial bloodbath is historical past of the top order—a paintings that would dramatically recast our knowing of Latin American politics and the position of the us within the chilly warfare and beyond.
“This paintings admirably explains the method within which hopes of democracy have been brutally repressed in Guatemala and its humans skilled a civil struggle lasting for part a century.”—International background Review
“A richly precise, humane, and passionately subversive portrait of inspiring reformers tragically redefined by way of the chilly conflict as enemies of the state.”—Journal of yank History