This is an important book that few people not deeply concerned with the problems of Puerto Rico will have the patience to...

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STRICKEN LAND: Puerto Rico

This is an important book that few people not deeply concerned with the problems of Puerto Rico will have the patience to read. Mr. Tugwell has a lot to say of his stormy Governorship -- but he has no gift for dramatic conciseness and the text runs to some 750 pages of painstaking analysis of the problems, the achievements, and the difficulties of his regime. There is little of personal flavor -- little color (though one gets some feel of the land and its people). He stepped right into the problems of land distribution and reform; he fought for funds for housing and sanitation, for controls to stop rising prices, for taking power cut of the hands of the few rich and giving aid to the hordes of poverty -- stricken unemployed. From Washington, subordinates sabotaged his efforts, the press indulged in a smear campaign; in Puerto Rico, he had both political and economic opposition, with liberal Munos as chief supporter. A difficult book to read; its value will lie chiefly in its reference record.

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 1946

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1946