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The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes

The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes

A narrative history of the unlikely Maoist rebellion that terrorized Peru long after the fall of global communism.

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ISBN 9780393292800
Barcode 9780393292800
Published 30 April 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Starn, Orin
By La Serna, Miguel
Availability Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780393292800
ISBN-10 0393292800
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 30 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Starn, Orin
By La Serna, Miguel
Category World History: From C 1900 -
American History
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 36mm
Weight 770g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Peru - Politics and government - 1980-, Terrorism - Peru - History - 20th century, Sendero Luminoso (Guerrilla group), Peru - Politics and government - 1968-1980, Revolutionaries - Peru
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 985.063
Catalogue Code 1004659

Description of this Book

The tale of the Shining Path may be the most gripping saga in modern Latin American history, but its full story has never been told. Described by a U.S. State Department cable as cold-blooded and bestial, this band of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist revolutionaries launched a homicidal campaign in the 1980s that led to more than 60,000 deaths or disappearances. At its helm was the professor-turned-revolutionary Abimael Guzman, who launched his quixotic insurrection based on outmoded, dogmatic ideology alongside two women: his charismatic young wife, Augusta La Torre, and the formidable Elena Iparaguirre, who abandoned her family to join the war. Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna's narrative also introduces the mountain villagers who organized a fierce resistance, the mercurial black activist Maria Elena Moyano, and the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa. Dramatic and engaging, The Shining Path takes the reader into the heart of this brutal rebellion, and the lives and country it nearly destroyed.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A remarkable contribution to our historical knowledge about the origins of the Shining Path...a compelling page-turner. -- Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

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Author's Bio

Orin Starn is a professor in Duke University's cultural anthropology department and has written for many years about Peru. Miguel La Serna is a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leading specialist in the Peruvian armed conflict.

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