The real-life story of a Mexican guerilla fighter who was disappeared by the Mexican Army and miraculously escaped to tell the tale.
Andrés Tzompaxtle Tecpile was torn from the world. Abducted off the street, blindfolded and beaten, he was brought to a Mexican military facility and "disappeared." Tzompaxtle, a young indigenous man and member of an insurgent guerrilla movement, was subjected to months of interrogation and torture as the military tried to extract information from him. In an effort to buy time to protect his family and comrades, and to keep himself alive, he lead his captors on fruitless journeys to abandoned safe-houses and false rendezvous locations for four months. Finally, faced with imminent execution, he decided to make what he thought was a suicidal attempt at escape; when he miraculously survived, he was able to return underground. Gleaned from years of clandestine interviews, Tzompaxtle's story offers a rare glimpse into chronic injustice, underground resistance movements, and the practice of forced disappearance and torture in contemporary Mexico.
Praise for John Gibler:
"At great personal risk, the author unearths stories the mainstream media doesn't—or is too afraid—to cover, and gives voice to those who have been silenced or whose stories have been forgotten."—Publishers Weekly
"… a journalistic masterpiece, an instant classic … brilliantly vivid and alive, it will terrify and inspire you and shatter your heart."—Francisco Goldman, praising John Gibler's I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us