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Presidents, Prime Ministers, And Governors Of The English-Speaking Caribbean And Puerto Rico

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Overview

With this volume, the eminent Latin Americanist Professor Robert J. Alexander concludes a five-volume collection of personal documents and conversations with the leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean. Compiled over a fifty year period, the volumes show major leaders as they envision strategies and future policies, explain their actions, and assess their contemporaries. These formal and informal statements provide insights into the workings of Latin American and Caribbean political parties and governments, and the views of their leaders.

Alexander provides firsthand material on many of the most significant political leaders of the Caribbean since World War II, among them Norman and Michael Manley, Errol Barrow, Eric Williams, Cheddi Jagan, and Luis Munoz Marin. No student or researcher of the region should be without access to this and the earlier volumes in the series.

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Comprises the last in a series of five volumes of conversations and correspondence with leaders of Latin American and the Caribbean. In this volume, Alexander (professor emeritus, economics, Rutgers U.) presents the results of conversations concerning economics and politics with the heads of government, past and present, of Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Puerto Rico. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958039
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert 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
Introduction 1
Jamaica 11
William Alexander Bustamante 16
Norman Manley 17
Hugh L. Shearer 26
Michael Manley 31
Edward Seaga 38
Florizel Glasspole 45
British Virgin Islands 75
Laverty Stout 76
Willard Wheatley 76
J. Davidson 79
Anguilla 81
Peter Adams 83
John Comber 86
Ronald Webster 91
St. Kitts-Nevis 93
Lee Moore 95
Montserrat 99
William Bramble 100
Austin Bramble 102
John Osborne 107
Antigua and Barbuda 109
Vere C. Bird 110
George Walters 113
St. Lucia 125
John Compton 127
St. Vincent and The Grenadines 133
Ebenezer Theodore Joshua 134
Barbados 139
Sir Grantley Adams 142
Dr. H. G. Cummins 156
Errol Barrow 156
J. M. G. (Tom) Adams 165
Erskine Sandiford 172
Trinidad and Tobago 175
Albert Gomes 178
Eric Williams 186
Guyana 191
Cheddi Jagan 198
Lynden F. S. Burnham 226
Puerto Rico 245
Rexford Guy Tugwell 249
Luis Munoz Marin 252
Luis Ferre 264
Rafael Hernandez Colon 267
Carlos Romero Barcelo 270
Further Reading 277
Index 279
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