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Reviews & Testimonials NICARAGUA: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy
Photography by Paul Dix, edited by Pamela Fitzpatrick

What an impressive book! I was deeply touched to read it and to be carried back to that time and those cruel events of the war in Nicaragua. They would have disappeared into the amnesia hole of history except for efforts like yours. You have done the people who suffered and died a profound service."

Bill Moyers, journalist and commentator

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"This is a deeply moving book.  [...] in it we see the human spirit surmount obstacles and pain, observe how these protagonists of the horror of the war get on with their lives, fall in love, bear children, work.

[...] The photographs contained in this book are more eloquent than any word one might venture to pronounce. [...]

The world needs books such as this in order to see itself mirrored in a setting in which wars are not described as heroic campaigns, but for what they really are: the failure of understanding, the relinquishment of the highest human powers to solve differences by peaceful means.[...]"

Gioconda Belli, Nicaraguan author and poet (from the Prologue of the book)

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"Here we have the tracks left by the 'Freedom Fighters.' President Reagan sent them to Nicaragua to save Nicaragua from the danger of becoming Nicaragua: so Nicaragua would not be Nicaragua; so it would continue being just a fourth-class colony.
The greatest power in the world against a very small, impoverished country: ten years of ruthless war not only left thousands dead and mutilated, it also left poisoned souls and murdered hopes. In a magical way, this book shows the visible as well as the invisible wounds. And the persistent, inexplicable joy of living: in spite of everything."

 —Eduardo Galeano, writer

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Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy

"About 2500 years ago Aeschylus, the Greek playwright, wrote, 'He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.'

These remarkable photos and the stories that accompany them should be on billboards from sea to shining sea, so the pain and suffering they represent might fall drop by drop upon the American psyche and against our will, by the awful grace of God, wisdom might come to these United States and her foreign policy."

Charlie Clements, Executive Director,
Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University

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"Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy is an extraordinarily powerful and moving book. A single genre cannot begin to convey what the people of Nicaragua or any dependent nation live with day to day: the consequences of criminal U.S. foreign policy. Only a multi-genre offering—in which the photographic image, human testimony, children's drawings and more combine to open a door on that life—can come close to reflecting its reality. Pam Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix give us such a door. It is up to us to look, listen and walk through."
—Margaret Randall author of Sandino's Daughters and Sandino's Daughters Revisited, among other books
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"To see the true price of war, you must look in the face of the innocents who endure it and hear their voices. That is the gift that Dix and Fitzpatrick present in this stirring bookthe sobering gift of letting us see and hear what our 'leaders' so routinely do in our names."

Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author

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