Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP - by James Brittain (Pluto Press, New York, 2010).
"Based on extensive first-hand research in guerilla-controlled regions, Brittain chronicles the origins, development and achievements of Colombia's FARC-EP while dispelling many of the myths surrounding the rebel group." - Terry Gibbs, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for International Studies, Cape Breton University, Canada.
"A valuable study of the causes and significance of the armed insurgency in Colombia. [Brittain's book offers] a welcome break from the hegemony of the apolitical discourses that have dominated the scholarship on Colombia's conflict." - Nazih Richani, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American Studies, Kean University.
Anyone interested in Colombia needs to have an understanding of the FARC-EP, unfairly demonized as a terrorist organization since 9/11. Profoundly well-researched, the book is also up close and personal with the FARC-EP from its inception in 1964 until the present moment. On the flip side is the confirmation that Colombia under Uribe has become a fully narco-terrorist state. The United States and junior partner, Canada, are thoroughly complicit. What's amazing is how the FARC-EP continues to survive, even thrive, providing the bulk of Colombia's health and education to the majority population, both the rural and urban non-elite. The only real threat to the American enterprise in Colombia - now a staging ground for an assault on Venezuela (and the entire Bolivarian movement) - is the people of Colombia, who are represented almost exclusively by the FARC-EP. Brittain's book makes this vividly clear.