People’s Prison

Author Geoffrey Jackson
Condition Very Good
Cover Type Hardback

This is Sir Geoffrey Jackson’s absorbing account of his experiences in 1971 when, as British Ambassador to Uruguay, he was captured in Montevideo. First he describes how the tension built up and how, knowing what had happened to others, he knew that his liberty, if not his life, was threatened. Then the shocking daylight snatch . . . and the best part of a year spent underground, in two successive dungeons, of a so-called People’s Prison. His captors were the Tupaniaros, a self-designated Army of National Liberation who had chosen the short cut of violence to bypass Uruguay’s economic troubles. His kidnapping without trace for over eight months was aimed at toppling the government to which lie was accredited. In this personal narrative he has abstained from political commentary and ideological analysis. It is a chronicle full of immediate insights into the new violence, and the mind and existence of the urban guerrilla. Yet lie portrays his captors with full respect for common humanity, and writes as one who indeed loves his fellow men, however he may detest some of their actions. The author’s own fierce disciplines had their roots in faith and many other well-tended corners of his native tradition. His story itself conveys why he survived, often in solitary confinement and unspeakable hardship, to ‘come home’ – as his moving epilogue depicts – with his warmth and gaiety of spirit intact.

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