Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio

Paperback | May 1, 2011

byCarlos Henriquez ConsalviTranslated byCharles Leo, V Nagle, A.L. (Bill) Prince

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During the 1980s war in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was the main news outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla organization that challenged the government. The broadcast provided a vital link between combatants in the mountains and the outside world, as well as an alternative to mainstream media reporting. In this first-person account, "Santiago," the legend behind Radio Venceremos, tells the story of the early years of that conflict, a rebellion of poor peasants against the Salvadoran government and its benefactor, the United States.

Originally published as La Terquedad del Izote, this memoir also addresses the broader story of a nationwide rebellion and its international context, particularly the intensifying Cold War and heavy U.S. involvement in it under President Reagan. By the war's end in 1992, more than 75,000 were dead and 350,000 wounded—in a country the size of Massachusetts. Although outnumbered and outfinanced, the rebels fought the Salvadoran Army to a draw and brought enough bargaining power to the negotiating table to achieve some of their key objectives, including democratic reforms and an overhaul of the security forces.

Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador is a riveting account from the rebels' point of view that lends immediacy to the Salvadoran conflict. It should appeal to all who are interested in historic memory and human rights, U.S. policy toward Central America, and the role the media can play in wartime.

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During the 1980s war in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was the main news outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla organization that challenged the government. The broadcast provided a vital link between combatants in the mountains and the outside world, as well as an alternative to mainstre...

CARLOS HENRÍQUEZ CONSALVI (“Santiago”) is founder and director of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen in San Salvador, El Salvador.CHARLES NAGLE is a graduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.BILL PRINCE is Professor of Spanish at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.ERIK CHING is Associate Professor of Hi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:293 pages, 9 × 6.07 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292728956

ISBN - 13:9780292728950

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