Looking for History
Dispatches from Latin America
By Alma Guillermoprieto
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725821, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 12, 2002
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From the esteemed New Yorker correspondent comes an incisive volume of essays and reportage that vividly illuminates Latin America’s recent history. Only Alma Guillermoprieto, the most highly regarded writer on the region, could unravel the complex threads of Colombia’s cocaine wars or assess the combination of despotism, charm, and political jiu-jitsu that has kept Fidel Castro in power for more than 40 years. And no one else can write with such acumen and sympathy about statesmen and campesinos, leftist revolutionaries and right-wing militias, and political figures from Evita Peron to Mexico’s irrepressible president, Vicente Fox.
Whether she is following the historic papal visit to Havana or staying awake for a pre-dawn interview with an insomniac Subcomandante Marcos, Guillermoprieto displays both the passion and knowledge of an insider and the perspective of a seasoned analyst. Looking for History is journalism in the finest traditions of Joan Didion, V. S. Naipaul, and Ryszard Kapucinski: observant, empathetic, and beautifully written.
Alma Guillermoprieto lives in Mexico City.
“A master.... The countries of Latin America now have their Orwell.”–David Remnick
“Brilliant...objective journalism.”–Voice Literary Supplement
“Her fearless reporting, as well as her eloquent descriptions and character sketches, hold the reader’s attention rapt.”–The Wall Street Journal
“The reader senses her love for Latin America, in all its ruinous, messy, historied glory.” —Brill’s Content