""Most Colombians regard Jorge Eliecer Gaitan as a pivotal figure in their nation's history, whose assassination on April 9, 1948 irrevocably changed the course of events in the twentieth century. . . . As biography, social history, and political analysis, Braun's book is a tour de force."" --Jane M. Rausch, Hispanic American Historical Review Herbert Braun is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he has also taught at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.