On October 15, 1979, a coup d’etat executed by a group of young officers in the Salvadorean army put an end to a regime serving a social minority that had become increasingly dependent on the bloody repression of the masses and of any opposition group. As this work of Tommie Sue Montgomery well documents, those people, both civilian and military, who most committed themselves to this first renewal movement, saw themselves displaced from the government by those in power more accustomed to the subtleties of spy games. Therefore, the political project that the Christian Democratic Party of El Salvador embraced in 1980 was already compromised by the corrupt orders of the Armed Forces of El Salvador. Recognizing this fact, a group of Christian Democrats decided to break away from the project and from the party for political and even strictly ethical reasons.