by John Gimlette - £10.99 Arrow Books Ltd (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099416555 | ISBN 10: 0099416557
Paraguay - the name conjures up everything most exotic and extreme in South America. It's a place of hellish jungles, dictators, fraudsters and Nazis, utopian experiments, missionaries and lurid coups. It's not a place for the timid. It doesn't even have its own guidebook.
But Paraguay, as revealed in this outstanding new book, is among the most beautiful and captivating countries in the world. The beguilling Paraguayans, despised and feared by their neighbours, are unfathomable. They adore Diana, Princess of Wales, as if she were still alive and hundreds volunteered to fight for Britain in the Falklands War. Their politics are Byzantine but when the Vice-President is murdered, they call in Scotland Yard...
"John Gimlette's extraordinary book, part history, part travelogue, is so vivid that nobody reading it is ever likely to forget the country."
(Max Davidson, Daily Telegraph)
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