Posted by: Jacob | January 1, 2010

The Death of Somoza

The Death of Somoza was a really interesting book. It’s a piece of journalism, basically. A non-fiction narrative (probably with some approximated dialog) delivered by the Argentinian commandos who killed the Nicaraguan dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle. It details some of the Nicaraguan revolution, and the six month operation leading up to the assassination, and I think it’s a really fascinating read. Plus, they used an RPG and machine guns and disguises.

I don’t know much about Latin American history, but this book and further research online make it pretty clear that Somoza was a right old bastard and deserved what he got. I’m suddenly interested in researching socialist action in the Americas. If there are interesting books out there you think I should read, please suggest them.

I’m pretty sure there’s an alternate universe out there where I’m a socialist revolutionary. It’s the one where civil unrest at the beginning of the twentieth century actually turned into some sort of action and the US split into capitalist and socialist states.

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