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The Death of Ben Linder



"This poignant and gripping tale can be read at two levels. It presents the life, the triumph, and the tragic fate of a wonderful human being. And through his experiences, it records the most recent phase of the destruction of a poor country, under the terrorist attack of a superpower intent on enforcing submission and shaping accepted history as well. With quiet understatement, and careful attention to fact, this impressive biography shows how Ben Linder's achievement yields an understanding of what has happened that is more true and more humane, and-remarkably-even offers some hope for a better future for people who have suffered so bitterly, so unfairly."
-Noam Chomsky


"The Death of Ben Linder provides a potent antidote to the ignorance, disinformation and historical amnesia about Central America."
-Z Magazine


"Compelling and well-written...the book vividly recounts events and makes them seem as timely as if they occurred last week."
-Texas Observer


"Kruckewitt deserves praise for a masterful job of reporting... A tale of triumph in the face of adversity...none can fail to be moved by Benís story."
-NACLA Report on the Americas


"Compelling, if frightening, reading for any parent or friend of someone who has chosen to labor in a troubled Third World country."
-Seattle Times


"It would have been very easy for this bright young man to follow the path to a good job and a comfortable salary. Instead, he chose the follow the lead of his conscience... The loss of Benjamin Linder is...the loss of something that seems rare these days; a man with courage to put his back behind his beliefs."
- Dan Rather, CBS Radio Network, April 30, 1987




About the Author

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 News. She received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She reported from Latin America and Europe for various radio networks (Pacifica, RKO, Monitoradio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio) and newspapers. Kruckewitt is currently writing a book on the U.S.- trained death squad in the 1980s in Honduras. She lives in northern California.

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