narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June
2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part
through first-person experiences, layered into deeper political
analysis. It weaves together two broad pictures: first, the
repressive regime that was launched with the coup, and the ways in
which U.S. policy has continued to support that regime; and second,
the brave and evolving Honduran resistance movement, with aid from a
new solidarity movement in the United States.
Although it is full
of terrible things, this is not a horror story: the book directly
counters mainstream media coverage that portrays Honduras as a pit of
unrelenting awfulness, in which powerless people sob in the face of
unexplained violence. Rather, it’s about sobering challenges with
roots in political processes, and the inspiring collective strength
with which people face them.