Land, Liberation, and Death Squads
A Priest's Story, Suchitoto, El Salvador, 1968–1977
Imprint: Resource Publications
"As a young priest, Alas's heart went out to his suffering parishioners, poor farm families in need of land. Alas tackled the situation and soon found himself at odds with his country's powerful elite. He persisted even after a close brush with martyrdom. This intriguing memoir provides food for thought about faith and witness in times of turmoil and trouble."
--Emily Wade Will, author of Archbishop Oscar Romero: The Making of a Martyr
"This book brings to life Jose Inocencio 'Chencho' Alas, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the priest and campesinos who were killed by the Death Squads, and gives an understanding of what lay at the foundation of their struggle for land reform and their recognition as human beings in the politics of their country."
--Gilbert Prudhomme, Treasurer and Director, The Foundation For Peace and Sustainability in MesoAmerica
"Land, Liberation, and Death Squads is crucial, engaging, and personal. It is crucial in providing readers a portrait of the embodied, daily-lived Catholicism of Cold War Central America, in putting a human face onto the paradigm of liberation theology. It is engaging in telling a dramatic and vital story of human struggle and persistence. And it is personal in bringing to the page the experiences of both Alas and his community."
--Ryne Clos, Researcher, University of Notre Dame