"Reckoning"

diane m nelson reckoning

I just finished Reckoning: The Ends of War in Guatemala (2009) by Duke anthropologist Diane M. Nelson. I am in the process of a big piece on Guatemala – centered around Ms. Nelson’s wonderful book – which I’ll highly recommend.

Her book, in very brief, offers many examinations of “postwar” Guatemala and its meaning/s, from the CEH report in 1999, David Stoll’s accusations against Rigoberta Menchu and the duplicity in daily life as well as the ever present counterinsurgency state. But I’ll hold off on explaining, I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

As a historian, it was often times over my head, but I cannot remember, honestly, the last time any scholarly writer has pulled me as hard and deep as Reckoning did, nor can I remember a book that had a continuity and pacing the way this book does.

Advertisements

~ by Daniel on July 12, 2009.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: