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Blood on the Border : Memoir of the Contra War (05 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780896087415
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With Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, Dunbar-Ortiz presents the third volume in her critically acclaimed memoir. In this long-awaited book, she vividly recounts on-the-ground memories of the contra war in Nicaragua, chronicling the US-sponsored terror inflicted on the people of Nicaragua following their 1981 election of the socialist Sandinistas, ousting Reagan darling and vicious dictator Somoza.

The war’s opening salvo was the bombing of a Nicaraguan plane in Mexico City by US-backed contras, the plane Dunbar-Ortiz would have been on were it not for a delay. This disarming closeness to the fraught history of the US/Nicaraguan relationship shapes Dunbar-Ortiz’s narrative, bringing uncomfortably present the decade-long dirty war that the Reagan administration pursued in Nicaragua against civilian and soldier alike.

As with her first two memoirs, in Blood on the Border, Dunbar-Ortiz seamlessly connects the dots not only between the personal and the political, but between recent history and our present moment. Unlike the many commentators who view the September 11, 2001, attacks as the start of the so-called “war on terror,” Dunbar-Ortiz offers firsthand testimony on battles waged much earlier. While her rich political analysis of this history bears the mark of a trained historian, she also writes from her perspective as an intrepid activist who spent months at a time throughout the 1980s in the war-torn country, especially in the remote Mosquitia region, where the indigenous Miskitu people were viciously assailed and nearly wiped out by CIA-trained contra mercenaries. She makes painfully clear the connections between what many US Americans only remember vaguely as the Iran-Contra “affair” and current US aggression in the Americas, the Middle East, and around the world. Clearly, this will be a book valuable not only for students of Latin American history, but also for anyone who is interested in better understanding the violent turmoil of our world today.


From military financing to international solidarity, Dunbar-Ortiz offers her experienced perspectives on state terrorism and opposition.

About the Author

Author of the acclaimed memoirs Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years and Red Dirt: Growing up Okie, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a professor of Ethnic Studies at California State, Hayward. Dunbar-Ortiz has been a liberal, a radical revolutionary, a militant feminist, and through it all, an avid soldier for human liberation. She writes about making and living history.

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rfresh, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by rfresh)
Good, and about an amazing woman, but should not be read as a primer on the contra war.
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Dunbar, Roxanne
South End Press
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne
Military assistance, american
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Latin America - General
General History
United States Foreign relations Nicaragua.
Nicaragua Foreign relations United States.
World History-Latin America
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