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 Buendia
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 Guzman.
Eclipse of the Assassins places a major political crime the murder of Buendia in its full historical perspective and shows how the dirty wars of the past are still claiming victims today.
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Jean-Pierre Mileur is professor and chair of the English department at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of Nietzsche s Case: Philosophy as/and Literature, Literary Revisionism and the Burden of Modernity, and Vision and Revision: Coleridge s Art of Immanence. "