Colombia has scarcely known one day of peace since its inception. From the time of the Spanish conquistadors up to its recent bloody and brutal elections, the Colombian people have endured immense suffering. The history of this nation is one of the world’s most urgent political narratives – a story of violent drug cartels, foreign interference, corporate exploitation, paramilitary death squads and civil war – yet it has remained chronically under-told.
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384 pp with notes, bibliography, index
Saqi Books, UK, 2004
16 x 23 cm
Political History - 19th - 20th Century - Colombia
While such a catalogue of misery would be tragic in the case of any country, it is all the more so in light of Colombia’s great potential as the fifth-largest economy in Latin America. In writing this searing and insightful report, Simons does justice to people whose verve and spirit, though pushed to extremes, remain unbroken.
Geoff Simons has written extensively on world politics. In addition to the acclaimed Targeting Iraq (2002) and Future Iraq (2003) – both published by Saqi Books – he is the author of many other books including Libya: The Struggle for Survival; Saudi Arabia: The Shape of a Client Feudalism and The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice. His books have been translated into many languages.