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A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America by Oscar Martinez

By Oscar Martinez

This is a e-book approximately one of many deadliest areas within the world

El Salvador and Honduras have had the top murder premiums on the earth during the last ten years, with Guatemala shut in the back of. each day greater than 1,000 people—men, ladies, and children—flee those 3 international locations for North the US. Óscar Martínez, writer of The Beast, named the most effective books of the yr by means of the Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times, fleshes out those stark figures with precise tales, generating a jarringly attractive and immersive account of lifestyles in lethal locations.

Martínez travels to Nicaraguan fishing cities, southern Mexican brothels the place imperative American ladies are trafficked, remoted Guatemalan jungle villages, and crime-ridden Salvadoran slums. together with his targeted and empathetic reporting, he explores the underbelly of those stricken locations. He is going undercover to drink with narcos, accompanies police patrols, rides in trafficking boats and hides out with a gang informer. the result's an unforgettable portrait of a quarter of worry and a refined research of the North American roots and achieve of the difficulty, supporting to provide an explanation for why this historical past of violence should still topic to we all.

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108 Wiedemann, “Reflections of Roman Political Thought in Latin Historical Writing,” 526. 109 This affinity, rooted in what Hobbes saw as Sallust’s suspicions about rhetoric, highlights the potential dangers of rhetoric in Sallust’s writings, dangers that seem, on the face of it, to be contained by collective fear and originating in a lack of civic virtue. Rather than read Sallust’s thought as, in some sense, proto-Hobbesian in relying on fear or upon a perfectionist account of civic virtue, I argue that his writings are pervaded by antagonism, and that this antagonism can be supportive of the common good.

Indeed, it is striking just how central a role fear seems to play for Sallust. 50 46 47 48 49 50 For a recent argument concerning the distinctiveness of fear in modern political thought, see Corey Robin, Fear: The History of a Political Idea (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). A. Long, Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986), 218. Wiedemann, “Reflections of Roman Political Thought in Latin Historical Writing,” 527. A. N. Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, vol.

But this is a struggle in the domain of virtue and for rewards compatible with the common good. Conflict, then, is not necessarily a problem for Sallust; the problem is unchecked conflict not rooted in the desire to benefit the community through competition for honor. ”78 This competition is not only between particular Romans in the service of the republic but also between social groups.

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