A history of violence living and dying in central america oscar martinez on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world el salvador and honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years. A history of violence stays close to the lives of gang members victims of violence and the quixotic public officials who try to offer some answers in el salvador honduras and guatemala martnez avoids the literatures usual magnification of criminals power and pays attention to the fluid alliances and personal relations . A history of violence doesnt allow for the same level of engagement because there are so many characters in the 14 essays and many of them are horrible people bullying police unprincipled . A history of violence is a deeply readable collection of essays by the journalist oscar a man who sells another man to los zetas only four this sobering sentence from the penultimate paragraph of martinezs book is a great summation of this work
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