From the Place of the Dead: The Epic Struggles of Bishop Belo of East Timor

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A moving account of the life and works of East Timor's Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Carlos Belo offers an in-depth look at his country's brutal oppression by Indonesia, the American role in that oppression, and much more.

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"We were thrilled that Bishop Belo won the Nobel Peace Prize - a fitting recognition of his outstanding role in the struggle for justice, peace, and self-determination in East Timor and in the rest of the world. I am proud to count myself a fellow Nobel laureate with him - because he is a star in that firmament and this account tells how he has accomplished all that." - The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu

"Masterful in its scholarship, riveting in its narrative, Arnold Kohen's biography of the heroic Bishop Carlos Belo is vital to understanding not only Indonesia's campaign of terror against East Timor - one of the worst human rights abuses of recent times - but also against its own ethnic Chinese people, which continues to the present day. A powerful story of individual faith and courage when pitted against a government bent on genocide, From the Place of the Dead should be required reading for anyone with a conscience." -- Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking

"The harrowing story of East Timor takes on particular poignancy when viewed through the experiences of the courageous Bishop who has become a symbol of fortitude, dignity, and - remarkably perhaps - even hope. Arnold Kohen has made extraordinary contributions of his own to the cause of freedom and justice for people who have suffered terribly. This vivid and evocative portrayal should serve as a call to others to act to bring to an end one of the great crimes of the current era, a goal that might at last be within reach." - Noam Chomsky

"In writing about the experience of a truly extraordinary man, Arnold Kohen presents a fascinating account of one of the most compelling human rights issues of our time.... I applaud Kohen for helping to raise public awareness about the plight of this community." - U.S. Senator Russell Feingold

"Arnold Kohen's From the Place of the Dead is the most comprehensive account and enlightening analysis of the ongoing tragedy of East Timor I have seen." - George McT. Kahin, Emeritus Professor of Government and Asian Studies, Cornell University

"Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo is a light for the people in their pilgrimage through East Timor's long dark night. He is a living example to us all that we cannot love God without loving our neighbor.... One cannot read Arnold Kohen's book and not be moved. This book gives us all hope." - Mairead Maguire, recipient of Nobel Prize for Peace, 1976

"A colorful, intimate biography of a...wise and brave man who has become the voice of his beleaguered people." - The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr., Episcopal Bishop of New York, 1972-89.

About the Author:

A former investigative reporter for NBC News, Arnold Kohen's articles have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Tablet and many other publications. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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