This is the book every diasporan Dominican should read if they want to understand how they were made by history. In it our tribe’s greatest intellect Juan Bosch details the personal roots of our bloodiest tyrant, and lays out all the flaws centuries of conquest and colonialism built into our society. Brief and cutting, the work of a brilliant scholar feeling the urgency of the political moment he faced. Shortly after this Bosch became President … and shortly thereafter he was dispatched by the Empire, courtesy of the US Army.
Many diasporans would not be where they are and who they are if Trujillo had not occurred. Lots of us are here precisely because those troops went their to clean up his aftermath. So read at least one book about Trujillo, and make it this one.