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Assassination of a Saint

The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice

Matt Eisenbrandt Benjamin Cuellar



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University of California Press
24 January 2017
History of the Americas; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church; Political assassinations
A tale told well that provides valuable insights into the motives and modus operandi of the death squads in El Salvador, and of the financiers who commissioned and facilitated such crimes. It also highlights the difficulties that face those who pursue such cases many years after the crimes have taken place. -New York Review of Books On March 24, 1980, the assassination of El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero rocked that nation and the world. Despite the efforts of many in El Salvador and beyond, those responsible for Romero's murder remained unpunished for their heinous crime. Assassination of a Saint is the thrilling story of an international team of lawyers, private investigators, and human-rights experts that fought to bring justice for the slain hero. Matt Eisenbrandt, a lawyer who was part of the investigative team, recounts in this gripping narrative how he and his colleagues interviewed eyewitnesses and former members of death squads while searching for evidence on those who financed them. As investigators worked toward the only court verdict ever reached for the murder of the martyred archbishop, they uncovered information with profound implications for El Salvador and the United States.
By:   Matt Eisenbrandt
Afterword by:   Benjamin Cuellar
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9780520286801
ISBN 10:   0520286804
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   24 January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matt Eisenbrandt is a human-rights attorney who has devoted his career to finding legal means to prosecute war crimes. In the early 2000s, he served as the Center for Justice and Accountability's Legal Director and a member of the trial team against one of Oscar Romero's killers. He is an expert in the field of U.S. human-rights litigation and now works for the Canadian Centre for International Justice.

Reviews for Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice

Our Favorite Books of 2016: Part detective story, part historical reminiscence, it shows the reader how hard it is to prosecute such cases, and why so many human rights violators go unpunished. The Progressive Fast paced, informative and dramatic... Imagine a report from Amnesty International written by Graham Greene and John LeCarre in tandem and you will have a sense of Eisenbrandt's exciting and well-written achievement. Vancouver Sun An intriguing story filled with tragic 'if-only's' and powerful -examples of courage. Library Journal

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