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Book review: 'Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War'
Book review: 'Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War'

Revolution The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War Deb Olin Unferth Henry Holt: 212 pp., $24 In the 1980s, Central America was astir with civil unrest, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. While nation-states and their proxies intervened in various ways, individuals too got in on the action: thrill-seekers, hope-filled Communists, those inspired by the liberation theology movement in the Catholic Church. Eighteen-year-old Debbie Olin was one of the last group, sort of. In 1987, Debbie, a college freshman, dropped out with George, her senior boyfriend; the two headed south to join the revolution. That was a serious move, but the book is full of wry humor, not sloganeering, with...

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