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Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

Review by Josh Sykes

Professor James J. Brittain’s new book, Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP (Pluto Press, London: 2010), is a thoroughly researched and documented academic study of the Colombian revolution and of its largest and longest lasting guerrilla organization, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). This alone makes it almost unique. Add to this the fact that it is based on five years of extensive research in Colombia’s countryside, both with the FARC and with the rural population, and it becomes clear that we have a one-of-a-kind book. What this study amounts to is a systematic and through defense of the FARC, facing the myths and allegations against the FARC squarely and putting them to rest. On this point, the book is invaluable. Continue reading

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