Papa Doc & the Tontons Macoutes

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Unpatronizing and level-headed.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A truly revealing book.
Washington Post
Shakedowns of foreign businessmen and their governments are commonplace—torture, sometimes directed by the dictator himself . . . is the cement holding the police state together. The frustrating counterpoint is how Duvalier has undone U.S. policy and humiliated Washington.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762909
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,454,024
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Diederich covered Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean as a correspondent for Time Magazine. He is the author of Trujillo: The Death of the Dictator, Somoza & the Legacy of U. S. Involvement in Central America and The Ghost of Makara.

Al Burt, longtime Latin America editor at The Miami Herald, is the author of several books about Florida.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Graham Greene


1. Election Day
2. History
3. The Country
4. Duvalier—The Early Years
5. he Formative Years
6. Birth of a Politician
7. Magloire
8. The Campaign
9. The Shaky Start
10. The New Dictator
11. Sneak Elections and US Aid
12. The Dictator Unmasked to the World
13. US Challenges Papa Doc
14. The Deadline Passes
15. Invasions Fail
16. President for Life
17. The Guerrilla Challenge
18. Seeking a New Image and the Press
19. Communism Comes of Age
20. Voudou Is His Arm
21. The Year Ten

Epilogue (August 1971)

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