By Charles Bowden, Nick Schou

ISBN-10: 0786735260

ISBN-13: 9780786735266

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Kill the Messenger tells the tale of the tragic demise of Gary Webb, the arguable newspaper reporter who devoted suicide in December 2004. Webb is the previous San Jose Mercury information reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" sequence at the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and resulted in his resignation from the paper amid escalating assaults on his paintings through the mainstream media. writer and investigative journalist Nick Schou released quite a few articles at the controversy and used to be the one reporter to seriously improve Webb's tales. Drawing on exhaustive learn and hugely own interviews with Webb's family members, colleagues, supporters and critics, this e-book argues convincingly that Webb's editors betrayed him, regardless of mounting proof that his tales have been right. Kill the Messenger examines the "Dark Alliance" controversy, what it says in regards to the present kingdom of journalism in the US, and the way it led Webb to finally take his personal lifestyles. Webb's widow, Susan Bell, is still an ardent defender of her ex-husband. by way of combining her tale with a probing exam of the single of an important media scandals in contemporary reminiscence, this e-book offers a gripping view of 1 of the best tragedies within the annals of investigative journalism.

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Not only had the Allies su√ered much higher casualties from combat and cholera alike, their leaders also began to quarrel bitterly over military strategy, political control, and personal prestige. More important to Walker was the Allies’ apparent inability to enlist the Nicaraguan masses in their struggle. ’’∫Ω Indeed, the filibusters continued to be supported by Valle and other influential caudillos. As Walker later admitted, these popular leaders ‘‘aided to keep the people . . ’ ’’Ω≠ Yet Walker’s popular support eroded as the National War progressed.

Walker’s Revolution from Above Walker waited until he had usurped the presidency in July 1856 to launch his attack against native elites. In his own mind, Walker’s e√orts to reshape Nicaragua constituted a full-fledged revolution. ’’∏≥ Yet however loudly Walker proclaimed himself a revolutionary, elite Nicaraguans came to view him as a reactionary. To them, no act better symbolized Walker’s regressive bent than his promotion of slavery. ∏∂ Walker maintained that this colonial institution would solve Nicaragua’s perennial labor shortage and thus promote its capitalist development.

Walker left Granada ordering his men to burn the city down. ∫π The fire lasted for about ten days and razed one of the continent’s oldest cities. ’’ Walker’s men made sure to leave it behind. The loss of Granada was a great blow to the filibusters. Yet Walker still believed that his army would prevail over the Allied forces. Walker’s optimism stemmed largely from his racist belief that Anglo-Saxons were inher- 39 . a m e r i c a n i z at i o n t h r o u g h v i o l e n c e ently superior to Central Americans.

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