During the 1980s, there was a neighborhood in Managua, Nicaragua, known as Gringolandia -- a district of hotels, flophouses, private homes, and open-air restaurants filled with visitors from Berkeley, Cambridge, Manhattan, Madison, and other American places. It was here that a young American mechanical engineer named Benjamin Linder lived. He had spent a year and a half working for the electrical utility in Managua. A Sandinista sympathizer who had been working on plans to build of tiny hydroelectric plants in the villages, Linder was shot point-blank,stripped of his wallet, watch, camera and cartridge belt. His killers -- the U.S.-sponsored Contras. The uproar back home was loud -- and discomfiting for the U.S. government. As Linder's friends searched for answers, they waded through the complex Nicaraguan politics.
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