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Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy - Sobreviviendo el Legado de la Politica de los EE. UU.


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Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy - Sobreviviendo el Legado de la Politica de los EE. UU.

by Paul Dix (Author)
Pamela Fitzpatrick (Editor)



ISBN: 9780615374093


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"What an impressive book! I was deeply touched to read it and to be carried back to that time and those cruel events of the war in Nicaragua. They would have disappeared into the amnesia hole of history except for efforts like yours. You have done the people who suffered and died a profound service." Bill Moyers, journalist and commentator

"Here we have the tracks left by the 'Freedom Fighters.' President Reagan sent them to Nicaragua to save Nicaragua from the danger of becoming Nicaragua: so Nicaragua would not be Nicaragua; so it would continue being just a fourth-class colony. The greatest power in the world against a very small, impoverished country: ten years of ruthless war not only left thousands dead and mutilated, it also left poisoned souls and murdered hopes. In a magical way, this book shows the visible as well as the invisible wounds. And the persistent, inexplicable joy of living: in spite of everything." Eduardo Galeano, writer

"Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy is an extraordinarily powerful and moving book. A single genre cannot begin to convey what the people of Nicaragua or any dependant nation live with day to day: the consequences of criminal U.S. foreign policy. Only a multi-genre offering—in which the photographic image, human testimony, children's drawings and more combine to open a door on that life—can come close to reflecting its reality. Pam Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix give us such a door. It is up to us to look, listen and walk through." Margaret Randall, author of Sandino's Daughters and Sandino's Daughters Revisited, among other books

"About 2500 years ago Aeschylus, the Greek playwright, wrote, 'He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.' These remarkable photos and the stories that accompany them should be on billboards from sea to shining sea, so the pain and suffering they represent might fall drop by drop upon the American psyche and against our will, by the awful grace of God, wisdom might come to these United States and her foreign policy." Charlie Clements, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, author of Witness to War

"The world needs books such as this in order to see itself mirrored in a setting in which wars are not described as heroic campaigns, but for what they really are: the failure of understanding, the relinquishment of the highest human powers to solve differences by peaceful means." Gioconda Belli, from prologue, author of Nicaragua Under my Skin, and many others

"To see the true price of war, you must look in the face of the innocents who endure it and hear their voices. That is the gift that Dix and Fitzpatrick present in this stirring book – the sobering gift of letting us see and hear what our 'leaders' so routinely do in our names." Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author

In the 1980s, popular movements in Central America attempted to democratize their societies and to direct a larger portion of each country's resources, in the form of food, housing, health care, and education, toward the well-being of the poor majority; at the same time the U.S. government, under the banner of peace, freedom, and democracy, sponsored wars that blocked local efforts for change. Two decades later, the poor of Central America continue to experience the effects of these wars and to struggle for basic subsistence with little hope that their children will have schools, health care, or even adequate nutrition. Many U.S. citizens still do not recognize the role the U.S. government played in stopping these movements towards democracy.

From early 1985 through mid 1990, Paul Dix used his camera to document the effects of the U.S.-funded Contra War on the poor of Nicaragua. In 2002, from the thousands he had photographed, Paul selected approximately 100 Nicaraguans for follow-up. He and Pam Fitzpatrick had amazing luck when they returned to Nicaragua on four separate trips for a total of seventeen months, and located nearly all of these individuals. They were able to share the earlier photos with family members, take new photographs and record testimonies.

Paul and Pam shared this material in colleges across the U.S. for two academic years and have put their material into book form. Their bilingual book includes photos and testimonies from approximately thirty of the nearly one hundred Nicaraguans they re-contacted


ISBN 615374093
ISBN13 9780615374093
Publisher Just Sharing Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/01/2011
Pages 219
Weight (grammes) 1551
Published in United States
Height (mm) 242
Width (mm) 306