Books, Films and Other Resources




Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America, Walter LaFeber. W. W. Norton & Company,1993.

Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, John Charles Chasteen. W. W. Norton&Company, 2001.

Born in Blood and Fire: Latin American Voices, A Reader. John Charles Chasteen, ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu. Verso Books, 2010.

A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America, Óscar Martínez. Verso, 2017.

El Salvador History & Culture

The Massacre at El Mozote, Mark Danner. Vintage, 1994.

Salvador, Joan Didion. Vintage, 1994.

From Grandmother to Granddaughter: Salvadoran Womens Stories, Michael Gorkin. University of California Press Books, 2000.

El Salvador (Picture Essays), Larry Towell. W W Norton, 1997. (out of print but available used)

Bitter Grounds: A Novel, Sandra Benitez. Picador, 1998.

Clandestine Poems/Poemas Clandestinos, Roque Dalton. Curbstone Books, 1995.

Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice,

Forced Migration

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail, Óscar Martínez. Verso, 2014.

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, Lauren Markham. Broadway Books, 2018.

Unaccompanied, Javier Zamora. Copper Canyon Press, 2017.

Spirituality, the Church & Liberation Theology

The Violence of Love, Oscar Romero. Orbis Books, 2004.

Voice of the Voiceless: The Four Pastoral Letters and Other Statements, Oscar Romero. Orbis Books, 1985.

Monseñor Romero: Memories in Mosaic, Maria Lopez Vigil. Orbis Books, 2013.

Jesus the Liberator, Jon Sobrino, S.J. Orbis Books, 1994.

No Salvation Outside the Poor: Prophetic-Utopian Essays , Jon Sobrino, S.J. Orbis Books, 2004.

The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times, Dean Brackley, S.J. The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2004.

A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura , Eileen Markey. Hachette Book Group, 2016.


Romero  (1989)

Enemies of War (1999), Esther Cassidy. Documentary about the 1989 assassination of the Jesuits at the UCA, the investigation and aftermath.

Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) (2004)

Sin Nombre (Nameless) (2009)


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