Trujillo: Little Caesar of the Caribbean

Trujillo: Little Caesar of the Caribbean

Trujillo: Little Caesar of the Caribbean

Trujillo: Little Caesar of the Caribbean

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This is not a final work--nor for that matter even a complete one--on the oldest, harshest and most fiendish personal dictatorship in today's Latin America. Yet it is a long book, longer than I anticipated when more than two years ago I began to do intensive research on the dean of the "strong men" of the Western World--the Dominican Republic's Generalissimo and Benefactor Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina.

At the end of the process I found that I had written two full volumes instead of one and there was still much to be included. This is the first of these two volumes. The second covers the external aspects and ramifications of the Trujillo regime--its intrigues, crimes and shameless lobbying in foreign lands, including the United States; its high-pressure methods of publicity and advertisement; its friends and foes all over the world.

The process of selecting--and above all of abridging--the material for these volumes was further complicated by the fact that Trujillo is not typical, either as a man or as a dictator. He does not seem to have a definite, rounded personality nor does he adhere to any political philosophy. As a man, he is totally unpredictable and as a politician his motivating impulses are self- deification, expediency and opportunism at the service of a single clear purpose: the search for and safekeeping of power for power's sake.

Trujillo's great accomplishments and most celebrated feats, all well advertised as the embodiment of patriotism and selfless dedication to the welfare of the Fatherland, are difficult to appraise accurately since they are always surrounded by an almost impenetrable fog of lies and deceit. It may truthfully be said that although Trujillo and his propagandists speak with much fire and conviction of patriotism and other lofty principles, the Generalissimo's long sustained sway over the Dominican people adds up to one of the most brazen swindles ever perpetrated against a nation.

Moreover, these are only part of the difficulties one confronts when writing . . .

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