Dr. Ornes was a member of the Dominican Congress vice president of the Development Commission, publisher and editor of...

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TRUJILLO: Little of the Caribbean

Dr. Ornes was a member of the Dominican Congress vice president of the Development Commission, publisher and editor of Cludad Trujillo's Caribe before he broke with Trujillo in 1955. This highly antipathetic record of the dictator's regime is a large indictment of Trujillo and his works, whipped up in an angry partisan froth. Trujillo's poverty-ridden background; his unscrupulous rise within the military at the time of the U.S. Marines occupation; his seizure of the presidency of the Dominican Republic in 1930 after a series of political and military skirmishes; his 27 years of entrenched heavy-handed rule; the current political environment -- the wide gulf between the democratic constitution and the actual workings of the regime; the state of education, the armed forces, the servile press, the dictator's huge power-wielding family, are reviewed in a manner adathing, outraged and depressed. The last chapter covers the still- unsolved mysterious disappearance in 1956 of the Basque scholar, a lecturer at Columbia University, Dr. Jesus de Galindez, and the supposedly closely-linked subsequent death of the pilot, Gerry Murphy. A valuable, subjective and interesting contribution to the growing Caribbean literature of protest.

Pub Date: June 27, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Nelson

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1958