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My life in the time of the contras /
Bruce P. Cameron.
imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2007.
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xi, 340 p.
ISBN
9780826342515 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2007.
isbn
9780826342515 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The contras: 1982-1984 -- The making of a liberal apostate: January-June 1985 -- The summer of Ollie North: July-December 1985 -- Turbulence: January-June 1986 -- Contra reform: January-June 1986 -- Legislating the contras: January-June 1986 -- Summer of defeat: July-December 1986 -- Two November surprises -- Proposals, plans, and resignation: January-March 1987 -- Despair and determination: February-April 1987 -- First convictions: April-June 1987 -- Guatemala again: June 1987 -- Heroes Jim Wright and Oscar Arias: July-August 1987 -- Mozambique: August-October 1987 -- Third thoughts: October-November 1987 -- Decision on Mozambique: October-December 1987 -- The last contra vote: January-February 1988 -- Endgame: February-August 1988 -- Who won Nicaragua?: February 1990 -- Fourth thoughts: March 15, 1992 -- Epilogue 2006.
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6161767
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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Bruce Cameron's story is a look at an insider's efforts for a path of peace in Central America, reforming the Nicaraguan contras who were fighting the Sandinistas, all while staying sane and not losing sight of key values.
Long Description
Bruce Cameron's story is a rare look at an insider's efforts for a path of peace in Central America, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who were fighting the Sandinistas, all while staying sane and not losing sight of key values. Cameron's narrative begins in 1982 when he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with Representative Tom Harkin (Iowa). While a strong human rights advocate, he nonetheless moved closer and closer to what he calls the liberal contra. However, in 1985 Cameron found himself switching sides from liberal to conservative, at least temporarily.Cameron takes you inside meetings where policy was formulated to ensure votes or obtain leverage. Many of these meetings included Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a representative of the CIA. People whose paths crossed Cameron's are names familiar to those who recall "Iran Contra." They include Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. ""[My Life in the Time of the Contras]" deserves a wide readership. . . . A fine account. . . . An important literary work well done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Main Description
An insider's account of the turbulent 1980s Contra era in Nicaragua and the major political figures who shaped U.S. policy at the time.
Main Description
Bruce Cameron's story is a rare look at an insider's efforts for a path of peace in Central America, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who were fighting the Sandinistas, all while staying sane and not losing sight of key values. Cameron's narrative begins in 1982 when he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with Representative Tom Harkin (Iowa). While a strong human rights advocate, he nonetheless moved closer and closer to what he calls the liberal contra. However, in 1985 Cameron found himself switching sides from liberal to conservative, at least temporarily. Cameron takes you inside meetings where policy was formulated to ensure votes or obtain leverage. Many of these meetings included Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a representative of the CIA. People whose paths crossed Cameron's are names familiar to those who recall "Iran Contra." They include Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. "[My Life in the Time of the Contras]deserves a wide readership. . . . A fine account. . . . An important literary work well done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives"
Main Description
Bruce Cameron's story is a rare look at an insider's efforts for a path of peace in Central America, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who were fighting the Sandinistas, all while staying sane and not losing sight of key values. Cameron's narrative begins in 1982 when he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with Representative Tom Harkin (Iowa). While a strong human rights advocate, he nonetheless moved closer and closer to what he calls the liberal contra. However, in 1985 Cameron found himself switching sides from liberal to conservative, at least temporarily. Cameron takes you inside meetings where policy was formulated to ensure votes or obtain leverage. Many of these meetings included Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a representative of the CIA. People whose paths crossed Cameron's are names familiar to those who recall "Iran Contra." They include Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. "[My Life in the Time of the Contrasdeserves a wide readership. . . . A fine account. . . . An important literary work well done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Main Description
Bruce Cameron's story is a rare look at an insider's efforts for a path of peace in Central America, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who were fighting the Sandinistas, all while staying sane and not losing sight of key values.Cameron's narrative begins in 1982 when he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with Representative Tom Harkin (Iowa). While a strong human rights advocate, he nonetheless moved closer and closer to what he calls the liberal contra. However, in 1985 Cameron found himself switching sides from liberal to conservative, at least temporarily.Cameron takes you inside meetings where policy was formulated to ensure votes or obtain leverage. Many of these meetings included Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a representative of the CIA.People whose paths crossed Cameron's are names familiar to those who recall "Iran Contra." They include Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. "[My Life in the Time of the Contrasdeserves a wide readership. . . . A fine account. . . . An important literary work well done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Table of Contents
The Contras : 1982-1984p. 1
The making of a liberal apostate : January-June 1985p. 36
The summer of Ollie North : July-December 1985p. 63
Turbulence : January-June 1986p. 95
Contra reform : January-June 1986p. 108
Legislating the Contras : January-June 1986p. 123
Summer of defeat : July-December 1986p. 143
Two November surprisesp. 153
Proposals, plans, and resignation : January-March 1987p. 158
Despair and determination : February-April 1987p. 180
First convictions : April-June 1987p. 200
Guatemala again : June 1987p. 208
Heroes Jim Wright and Oscar Arias : July-August 1987p. 219
Mozambique : August-October 1987p. 238
Third thoughts : October-November 1987p. 253
Decision on Mozambique : October-December 1987p. 265
The last Contra vote : January-February 1988p. 281
Endgame : February-August 1988p. 289
Who won Nicaragua? : February 1990p. 297
Fourth thoughts : March 15, 1992p. 311
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