Presidents Of Central America, Mexico, Cuba, And Hispaniola

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Overview

This book consists of notes of conversations by one of America's leading Latin Americanists, as well as his correspondence with more than two dozen presidents of the Central American republics, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. In some cases, there are numerous conversations and letters with individual chief executives; in other instances, there are only individual conversations or notes on talks which the author heard.

Each entry reflects the thinking of the person involved at the time of the interview or letter and many shed light on the activities of the individual presidents. Before the items dealing with each particular country, Alexander provides introductory notes, giving information on the individuals dealt with in that country as well as the circumstances of the letters and conversations. These materials, together with those contained in earlier volumes dealing with South America, provide students of 20th-century Latin America unique insight into its political leadership and its history from the 1940s onward.

"Snippets of public talks, interviews, and correspondence by regional leaders, in and out of office. Each country chapter is prefaced by short overview of recent political history. More than 100 of book's 277 pages deal with Costa Rica"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

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The fourth in a series of volumes of conversations and correspondence with presidents of Latin America, as conducted by Alexander (economics emeritus, Rutgers U.). The men comment extensively upon their own careers, as well as talking about other political leaders who were their contemporaries, including other figures covered in this volume. The volume is arranged in country chapters, each with its own introduction. Most of the material was originally in Spanish or, in the case of Haiti, in French, and is here translated by the author/interviewer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275952785
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alexander

ROBERT J. ALEXANDER ROBERT J. ALEXANDER is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science, Rutgers University. He was a member of John F. Kennedy's Task Force on Latin America where the Alliance for Progress was developed, and he is a former consultant to the American Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO on Latin American and Caribbean organized labor. One of the country's most respected scholars of Latin American politics and economic affairs, Professor Alexander is the author or editor of forty-five earlier books, most of them focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bolivian National Revolution, the first English-language study of that upheaval, and the history of labor and radical movements.

Biography

A devoted Russophile, Robert Alexander has studied at Leningrad State University, worked for the U.S. government, and traveled extensively throughout Russia. While he's already made a name for himself with his series of bestselling mysteries (written as R. D. Zimmerman), he has also written a well-received trilogy of Russian historical novels (The Kitchen Boy, Rasputin's Daughter, The Romanov Bride) about the last days of Empire.

Good To Know

In our interview, Alexander shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself with us:

"Most of my friends know: I'm much too outgoing to be living in quarantine, as I do (as any writer does). Most of my friends don't know: I can ride a unicycle, I can't balance my checkbook, I broke my back going over a ski jump, and I was once enrolled in Meats 104 and Beverage 111 at a prominent School of Hotel and Restaurants, which prompted me to drop out and start my first novel."

"What I would like to know about me from someone is, why do I keep going to Russia? I've been going there for 28 years, and it's definitely not a place to unwind. But it certainly is always interesting. And that's where I met my domestic partner, Lars, and we've now been together 25 years. And it's also where I met my business partner, Meri, and we've been in business now almost 14 years -- we have a customs clearance business and Barabu, a small chain of espresso/wine bars. And I always come up with some weird story idea over there. So maybe I just answered my own question.

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    1. Also Known As:
      R. D. Zimmerman, M. Masters
    2. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 23, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Russian Language and Creative Writing, Michigan State University, 1976

Table of Contents

Preface
Panama 1
Ricardo Alfaro 4
Arnulfo Arias 6
Ricardo Arias 7
Omar Torrijos 10
Costa Rica 13
Jose Figueres 20
Otilio Ulate 55
Francisco Orlich 56
Daniel Oduber 57
Rodrigo Carazo 64
Luis Alberto Monge 64
Oscar Arias 105
Nicaragua 107
Anastasio Somoza Debayle 112
Daniel Ortega 115
Honduras 119
Tiburcio Carias Andino 122
Juan Manuel Galvez 124
Ramon Villeda Morales 127
El Salvador 135
Reynaldo Galindo Pohl 137
Oscar Osorio 139
Jose Napoleon Duarte 141
Guatemala 147
Carlos Castillo Armas 150
Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro 152
Mexico 155
Miguel de la Madrid 157
Carlos Salinas de Gortari 159
Cuba 163
Carlos Prio Socarras 169
Manuel Urrutia 171
Fidel Castro 173
Haiti 187
Dumarsais Estime 189
Paul Magloire 189
Daniel Fignole 194
Leslie Managat 204
Dominican Republic 209
Joaquin Balaguer 215
Juan Bosch 222
Donald Reid Cabral 235
Antonio Guzman 239
Salvador Jorge Blanco 241
Further Reading 243
Index 247
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