El Salvador Could Be Like That
A Memoir of War, Politics and Journalism by Joe Frazier
Suggested Readings
Note: Many of these books suggested had limited press runs and many of the memoirs by Salvadorans, especially children, rely heavily on a Salvadoran vernacular not common to many Latin American countries. At least two Spanish-to-Spanish dictionaries specializing in the Salvadoran vernacular can help readers with limited Spanish skills navigate this. Real Diccionario de la Lengua Vulgar Guanaca by Joaquin Meza, Nekepú Editores, 2009 and Diccionario de Salvadoreñismos by Matias Romero, Editorial Delgado, 2005.

Most of the memoirs and other accounts of the war began coming out as the war ended, and most were by leftist fighters or sympathizers. 
From Madness to Hope, the report of the Truth Commission set up through the United Nations as part of the peace accords that ended the 12-year civil war in 1992. It is probably the most complete and unbiased account of the war, the events that led up to it and the rights violations and massacres that resulted from it. English version. Click to download free PDF.

Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador, by former New York Times reporter Ray Bonner, a highly critical look at the American role in the earlier years of the Salvadoran war.  New York Times Books. 1984. Amazon Link.

Witness to War, By Charles Clements, M.D., Bantam Books, 1984. Memoirs of an American physician who worked aiding guerrillas at a rebel enclave not far from the capital of San Salvador. Amazon Link

Las mil y una historias de Radio Venceremos (The 1,001 stories of Radio Venceremos) José Ignacio López Vigil, 2008 with previous editions. An inside look at the workings of the clandestine rebel radio station that for many was the voice of the rebels throughout the war. In Spanish. Amazon Link.  Also see publisher website: www.ucaeditores.com.sv 
English translation: Rebel Radio: The Story of El Salvador's Radio Venceremos. Amazon Link.

Memorias de un Guerrillero (Memories of a Guerrilla) Comandante Balta (nee Juan Ramón Medrano Guzmán). New Graphics SA de CV, 2008. Balta was a long-time member and eventual leader of the Peoples' Revolutionary Army, a major component of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, or FMLN. He provides a close look at rebel operations during the war and went on to be a member of the National Assembly. In Spanish, with photos. Used copies at Amazon (if available).

Historias para tener presente (Stories to Keep Over Time) and El día más esperado (The Most Awaited Day)  both in Spanish. Editores UCA, Universidad José Simeón Cañas. Stories of families who had children missing or stolen during the war and their attempts to reunite the families.
Historias: All available copies, Amazon Link.
El día: [If you know of a link to purchase this book, please let us know so we can add it.]