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Violent Neighbors: El Salvador, Central America and the United States
Violent Neighbors: El Salvador, Central America and the United States
By Tom Buckley
Times Books, 1984, 358 pp

A skillful journalist describes the historical and current dilemmas in the five Central American nations plus Panama and Belize, based on first-hand interviews and investigations. Present U.S. policy is criticized, but the author is not bemused by unrealistic dreams, and the tortured and complicated social realities are not reduced to simplicities.