The death of Ben Linder : the story of a North American in Nicaragua /
Joan Kruckewitt.
New York : Seven Stories Press, c1999.
395 p. : ill., map
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New York : Seven Stories Press, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joan Kruckewitt is a journalist who lived in Nicaragua from 1983-1991 and covered the war between the Sandinistas and the U.S.-backed Contras for ABC Radio. She did graduate work in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and reported from Latin America and Europe for various radio networks. She lives in Northern California.
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The author, a journalist who lived in Nicaragua from 1983 to 1991, reveals the truth about the first American killed by the CIA-backed Contras--an idealistic young engineer from Oregon whose efforts to make the country more self sufficient made him a target.
Main Description
In 1987, the death of Ben Linder, the first American killed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" -- the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contras -- ignited a firestorm of protest and debate. In this landmark first biography of Linder, investigative journalist Joan Kruckewitt tells his story. In the summer of 1983, a 23-year-old American named Ben Linder arrived in Managua with a unicycle and a newly earned degree in engineering. In 1986, Linder moved from Managua to El Cua, a village in the Nicaraguan war zone, where he helped form a team to build a hydroplant to bring electricity to the town. He was ambushed and killed by the Contras the following year while surveying a stream for a possible hydroplant. In 1993, Kruckewitt traveled to the Nicaraguan mountains to investigate Linder's death. In July 1995. she finally located and interviewed one of the men who killed Ben Linder, a story that became the basis for a New Yorker feature on Linder's death. Linder's story is a portrait of one idealist who died for his beliefs, as well as a picture of a failed foreign policy, vividly exposing the true dimensions of a war that forever marked the lives of both Nicaraguans and Americans.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Prologuep. 11
Ben Moves to Managuap. 13
Clowning in Nicaraguap. 23
Ben Finds a Place for Himselfp. 33
Life with the Brooks Familyp. 45
El Cuap. 61
Little Ant, the Clownp. 75
Working in El Cuap. 91
A Decision about Alisonp. 107
Electricity Comes to El Cuap. 121
The Next Goal-San Jose de Bocayp. 139
Don Moves to El Cuap. 161
Mira Visits El Cuap. 171
Classes Beginp. 187
The War Closes in on El Cuap. 199
Ben Goes to the United States on a Fundraising Tourp. 215
An American Contra is Captured in Nicaraguap. 227
First Anniversary of the Plantp. 237
El Cua Graduates Four Local Electriciansp. 245
Three Americans in One Small Roomp. 259
Working in Bocayp. 273
Attack on the Hydroplantp. 283
Ben and Mira Build in Bocayp. 299
Ambushp. 315
Finishing Ben's Workp. 331
Epiloguep. 337
Notesp. 343
Glossary of Organizations and Spanish Termsp. 377
Bibliographyp. 379
Indexp. 387
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