By Bruce P. Cameron
Bruce Cameron's tale is a unprecedented examine an insider's efforts for a course of peace in critical the US, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who have been struggling with the Sandinistas, all whereas staying sane and never wasting sight of key values. Cameron's narrative starts in 1982 whilst he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with consultant Tom Harkin (Iowa). whereas a robust human rights suggest, he still moved nearer and toward what he calls the liberal contra. although, in 1985 Cameron came upon himself switching facets from liberal to conservative, at the very least temporarily.Cameron takes you within conferences the place coverage was once formulated to make sure votes or receive leverage. a lot of those conferences integrated Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a consultant of the CIA. humans whose paths crossed Cameron's are names usual to those that bear in mind "Iran Contra." They contain Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. "[My existence for the duration of the Contras] merits a large readership. . . . a great account. . . . a huge literary paintings good done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. residence of Representatives
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Former Senator Paul Tsongas and two Salvadorans, Leonel Gomez and Colonel Roberto Santivanez, had pulled a group of Americans together to change the face of El Salvador. The initial effort was very simple: to reveal the role of the Salvadoran army in the death squads. Santivanez, a former intelligence chief, was willing to talk. 5 Paul Tsongas had heard the Colonel’s testimony before he went public, and his assurances of Santivanez’s authenticity gave both the Times and CBS News the conﬁdence to carry the story.
My Life in the Time of the Contras by Bruce P. Cameron