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Galvao told his own story of the seizure of the Santa Maria in the book of that name published by World (page 828). Now comes another angle on the story. The seizure of the Portuguese liner captured world attention for twelve days in January of last year, and is here recorded in detail by a veteran author who focuses on the event. She provides brief but adequate biographies of the plotter who took over the ship, Captain Henrique Calvao, and of the man behind him, Umberto Delgado. Both are shown as disgruntled, fame-seeking revolutionaries against the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal. She examines the events and personal motives leading up to the take-over of the big ship on high seas. The seizure itself is explained in some detail, as are the day to day events following in which captive passengers and crew were forced to sail around in the South Atlantic for days while Galvao tried to make up his mind what to do. Even more interesting however are the legal problems which the seizure provoked--was it piracy or revolution, did the American Navy have a right to intervene directly, and what attitude did the Brazilians have to take when the ship finally put in at Recife? A very interesting picture of this now-famous drama at sea, well-documented, but definitely a one-sided account favoring the Salazar government.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1961
Publisher: Putnam