Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans

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DR.HAUBERG'S BOOK, Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans HAS been an extremely enjoyable reading experience for me.Having been born and raised in Puerto Rico, I always look forward to any book that deals with the island, its people, and their accomplishments. There have been times in the past that I have been disappointed—but certainly not in this case, for Dr.Hauberg has brought a sensitive and inquiring mind to the task of recording the plight of the Puerto Ricans, both in the island and on the mainland.

Devoting the first part of the book to giving the reader a clear and accurate view of the island's beginnings—the original inhabitants, the early explorers, the Spanish Conquest and up through the American take-over—Dr.Hauberg offers a very readable and novel-like exposition of Puerto Rican history and American diplomacy in the context of the Old World power struggle in a Caribbean setting.

Once having provided the reader with a clear and unencumbered view of the island's sociopolitical history during the Spanish reign and up through the early years of rule by the Colossus of the North, Dr.Hauberg moves wholeheartedly into an era of time that is of obvious interest to him.It is a chapter in Puerto Rico's history and Part Two in the author's book that is worth reading and rereading.He deals extensively with the two men Rexford Guy Tugwell and Luis Muñoz Marín, who had immense influence in shaping the island's political and economic relationship with the United States.As the author points out, it is significant that in this island of varied ethnic background the two individuals who played the leading roles . . .

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