Eclipse Of The Assassins: The Cia, Imperial Politics, And The Slaying Of Mexican Journalist Manuel…

Hardcover | November 30, 2015

byRussell H. Bartley, Sylvia Erickson Bartley

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This is a stellar, courageous work of investigative journalism and historical scholarship—grippingly told, meticulously documented, and doggedly pursued over thirty years. Tracking a Cold War confrontation that has compromised the national interests of both Mexico and the United States, Eclipse of the Assassins exposes deadly connections among historical events usually remembered as isolated episodes.
            Authors Russell and Sylvia Bartley shed new light on the U.S.-instigated “dirty wars” that ravaged all of Latin America in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s and reveal—for the first time—how Mexican officials colluded with Washington in its proxy contra war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. They draw together the strands of a clandestine web linking:
  • the assassination of prominent Mexican journalist Manuel Buendía
  • the torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena
  • the Iran-Contra scandal
  • a major DEA sting against key CIA-linked Bolivian, Panamanian, and Mexican drug traffickers
  • CIA-orchestrated suppression of investigative journalists
  • criminal collusion of successive U.S. and Mexican administrations that has resulted in the unprecedented power of drug kingpins like “El Chapo” Guzmán.
            Eclipse of the Assassins places a major political crime—the murder of Buendía—in its full historical perspective and shows how the dirty wars of the past are still claiming victims today.

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This is a stellar, courageous work of investigative journalism and historical scholarship—grippingly told, meticulously documented, and doggedly pursued over thirty years. Tracking a Cold War confrontation that has compromised the national interests of both Mexico and the United States, Eclipse of the Assassins exposes deadly connectio...

Russell H. Bartley is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He worked as a correspondent for the Mexico City daily newspaper unomásuno from 1980 to 1989. Sylvia Erickson Bartley is a historian, historical records archivist, and photographer. She worked as a photojournalist for unomásuno from 1984 to ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.7 inPublished:November 30, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299306402

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                             
 
Introduction: Journalist Down
1 Knight Errant                                  
2 Under the Carpet                            
3 Legwork                                          
4 Coordinates of Power                     
5 Ballet Folklórico, Act I                   
6 Ballet Folklórico, Act II                  
7 Grand Finale                                               
8 After the Curtain                            
9 Back on the Pavement                    
10 secret, noforn                            
11 Attorneys in Wonderland             
12 On Down the Rabbit Hole            
13 By Mutual Consent                      
14 Alien Terrain                                 
15 Prohibited Conversations             
16 Extreme Prejudice                         
17 Occam’s Razor: Parsing the Evidence                  
Epilogue                                             
 
Glossary of Names                            
Notes                                                 
Sources                                               
Index

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“Reflects a thirty-year investigation by the two reporter authors who examine two of the most important political assassinations of the 20th century: a Mexican journalist and a U.S. DEA agent. . . . No collection strong in international politics or espionage should be without this hard-hitting examination, which takes two seemingly isolated circumstances and connects a range of events.”—Bookwatch