by Hugh O'Shaughnessy - £31.99 Zed Books Ltd (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781848133136 | ISBN 10: 1848133138
Paraguay had the oldest one-party regime on earth. Under the 60-year dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner's Colorado party, wealth and power became concentrated in the hands of a small few; until elections in 2008 broke the party's hold on the country and promised a newer, more egalitarian future, particularly for the country's indigenous people.
In The Priest of Paraguay, Hugh O'Shaughnessy tells the story of how Fernando Lugo, a bishop from a deprived diocese, swept to victory and what this will mean for his country, Latin America and the wider world. He traces Lugo's life alongside the turbulent history of Paraguay - from his early years in a family which fell victim to Stroessner to his release by the Vatican in order to follow a political calling. The book also examines what may lie in store for the newest addition to Latin America's 'pink tide' of socialist and social democratic countries.
This is history of a fascinating but largely unknown country by one of the most respected commentators on Latin America.
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