At the Fall of Somoza (Pitt Latin American Series)

At the Fall of Somoza (Pitt Latin American Series)

by Lawrence Pezzullo, Ralph Pezzullo

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Library Journal
Few individuals could provide a more insightful view into the final days of Somoza's government in Nicaragua in 1979 than Lawrence Pezzullo, the U.S. ambassador. Unlike most authors who offer first-hand accounts, Pezzullo and his son Ralph tracked down other actors, high and low, interspersing their interpretations throughout. The wide-ranging interviews both strengthen and broaden Ambassador Pezzullo's account, providing a fitting complement to Bernard Diederich's Somoza, American-Made Dictator ( LJ 9/1/81) and Anthony Lake's Somoza Falling ( LJ 3/1/89). The authors' modest, forthright approach provides a readable, balanced narrative. Highly recommended.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
A personal account of the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator by Lawrence Pezzullo, the newly-appointed ambassador of a US government that tried and failed to keep him in power against the anger of the Nicaraguan people. He tells of negotiating with the stubborn despot and the triumphant rebel Sandinistas, and wonders why the US was so concerned and so ineffectual. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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Latin American Ser.
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6.42(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.95(d)

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