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Searching for Everardo :a story of love, war, and the CIA in Guatemala

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She is Jennifer Harbury, a Connecticut-born, Harvard-educated attorney who came to Guatemala to help protect the rights of refugees fleeing the turmoil of that country's long-running civil war. He was Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, better known as Commander Everardo, a resistance leader dedicated to ending the Guatemalan oligarchy's brutality against its own people, and a Mayan Indian who reached the top ranks of the rebel army. Born a peasant and having grown up illiterate, he ran away to join the rebels at age eighteen. By the time he was thirty-five, he had already lost two loves to the war and most of his friends. They met in 1990 in guerilla camp at the Tajumulco volcano. He was emerging from the shadows of the pines with his distinctive mountain walk and old man's eyes. Knowing the odds were against them, they fell in love and married anyway. During combat in March 1992, Everardo vanished, and Harbury began her long, fiercely desperate search to find him. Two governments - one of them our own - blatantly lied to her. She would endure the nightmare of watching bodies unearthed from unmarked graves. Eventually, she would stage three hunger strikes - two in Guatemala City and another in front of the White House - to force officials to disclose their files. Her crusade attracted the attention of the world, galvanized public protest against the thousands of Latin American victims of official injustice, and inspired congressional investigations into long-standing abuses by the State Department and the CIA.

Synopsis:

Harvard-educated attorney Jennifer Harbury went to Guatemala to help refugees, and found herself drawn into a political drama that would test her beliefs, courage, and moral strength. She fell in love and married Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, better known as Commander Everardo, a Mayan Indian resistance leader. Soon after, he vanished in combat. This is the story of Harbury's search for Everardo, one that grew into an impassioned crusade to expose those responsible for the human rights abuses suffered upon the victims of Guatemala — one woman's heroic stand against the Guatemalan oligarchy, the U.S. State Department, and the CIA. A headline-making story of love, war, and courage, this is the personal account of an American woman and her unrelenting fight to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her husband, a Guatemalan guerrilla leader.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446520362
Author:
Harbury, Jennifer K.
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mayas
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Guerrillas
Subject:
Guatemala
Subject:
Government, resistance to
Subject:
Women human rights workers.
Subject:
Americans -- Guatemala -- Biography.
Subject:
Guatemala Politics and government 1985-
Subject:
Everardo
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Political
Series Volume:
111082
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.42x6.26x1.08 in. 1.47 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Latin America » Guatemala
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Product details 352 pages Warner Books,c1997. - English 9780446520362 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Harvard-educated attorney Jennifer Harbury went to Guatemala to help refugees, and found herself drawn into a political drama that would test her beliefs, courage, and moral strength. She fell in love and married Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, better known as Commander Everardo, a Mayan Indian resistance leader. Soon after, he vanished in combat. This is the story of Harbury's search for Everardo, one that grew into an impassioned crusade to expose those responsible for the human rights abuses suffered upon the victims of Guatemala — one woman's heroic stand against the Guatemalan oligarchy, the U.S. State Department, and the CIA. A headline-making story of love, war, and courage, this is the personal account of an American woman and her unrelenting fight to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her husband, a Guatemalan guerrilla leader.
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