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February 1978
240 pages  

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Gaitán of Colombia
A Political Biography
Sharpless, Richard
This book provides a detailed account of the political career of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the populist leader of Colombia during the 1930s and 1940s.

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Richard E. Sharpless is professor emeritus of history at Lafayette College.
“The first in English, and the best in any language. . . . This is a fine book, covering Gaitán's political career, from its beginnings in the 1920s through the aftermath of his murder in 1948, and placing him in the context of his time.”—The Americas

“In a fluid style, Sharpless traces his man's career from birth in 1898 to assassination in 1948. The author displays admirable sensitivity to the formation of an upwardly mobile mestizo scorned by the upper class.”—Latin American Research Review

“The Gaitán of this study is a compelling, human figure, a man of finely honed social conscience who fought to promote the welfare of Colombia's forgotten poor at a time when such outspokenness was regarded by the entrenched political elite as needlessly unsettling to national tranquility and in plain poor taste.”—Hispanic American Historical Review

“Sharpless' clearly written study of an important and exciting subject, though intended for a scholarly audience, can be read easily and profitably by undergraduates and nonspecialists as well.”—History: Reviews of New Books

“Presents a serene, judicious, well-balanced work, a political biography without blinders. . . . a welcome contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century politics in Colombia.”—American Historical Review

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