In This Review

El Salvador: The Face of Revolution
El Salvador: The Face of Revolution
By Robert Armstrong and Janet Shenk
South End Press, 1982, 283 pp
El Salvador: A Revolution Confronts the United States
El Salvador: A Revolution Confronts the United States
By Cynthia J. Arnson
Institute for Policy Studies, 1982, 118 pp

These two books cover the same general ground; both rely on extensive interviews with the principal actors in the current conflict, and both appraise the negative consequences of present tendencies in U.S. policy. The Armstrong/Shenk volume appears under the auspices of the North American Congress on Latin America and is much the longer of the two, providing a full history of the country; it is also written in a partisan spirit, with emotional commitment. The Arnson book is more sharply focussed, with less background detail but no lack of policy orientation; the author advocates reaching an accommodation with the Left.