Book Review: Liberty or Death


19 December 2019
Author: Philip Jowet

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Central and South America have been hotbeds for revolutions, insurgencies and armed conflict for virtually the entire 20th century, but many of these passed by unnoticed in Western media circles. Now, author Philip Jowett, takes you through these uprisings, roughly in chronological fashion, from 1900, finishing in 1970. That covers the Mexican Revolution, 20 years of minor wars from 1900-1920, conflicts of the 1920s, revolution in Brazil, US military interventions from 1901-1934 (there were a surprisingly large number), the Chaco War of 1932-1935, war in the Amazon, then conflicts of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. 
Along with the story of each conflict, there are copious photos and illustrations, many in colour, with box out on leaders or important points of interest. The design is excellent, paper quality high and its packed with detail, making Liberty or Death a fascinating read.

• Osprey Publishing
• ISBN 978-1-4728-3352-5
• 370 pages • Hardback • £30

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Reviewed in The Armourer February 2020