Bernard Diederich

Trujillo : the death of the dictator

Markus Wiener Publishers

Princeton (N.J.), 1998

bibliothèque insulaire


parutions 1998

Trujillo : the death of the dictator / Bernard Diederich. - Princeton (NJ) : Markus Wiener, 1998. - XXI-264 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN 1-55876-206-X

DESCRIPTION : On May 30, 1961, a hail of bullets ended the life of Generalissimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, known to his countrymen as « The Goat » for his many revolting excesses, after thirty-one years of brutal rule over the Dominican Republic.

This book is a riveting, minute-by-minute account of the plot to kill Trujillo, who was then the Western Hemisphere's most ruthless dictator, and the ferocious wave of revenge that ensued before his regime collapsed. The book also reveals the vacillating role of the United States — and the CIA — in first propping up the dictator, and then supplying weapons to slay him.

Bernard Diederich knew most of those involved in the plot, and painstakingly recreates the events in a gripping book that reads like a novel, which also offers essential insights into the history of a troubled Caribbean nation.

CONTENTS Author’s Note
Cast of Characters

1. The Death of the Goat
2. No Witnesses
3. A Tyrannicide Is Born
4. Caribbean Tempest
5. The Fellow Who Knows
6. Enter the CIA
7. Found : A Godfather
8. Such Good Women — So Defenseless
9. The Plot Quickens
10. Rehearsal for Assassination
11. An Ordinary Tuesday
12. The Hunt Is Up
13. The Snare Is Set
14. The Kill
15. A Corpse But No Coup d’Etat
16. General Pupo’s Lost Hour
17. Zacarias Shows Up
18. Pedro Livio Is All Right
19. No Connection
20. The Corpse Appears
21. The Arrest of Bishop Reilly
22. Ramfis’s Return
23. The Roundup
24. The Death of Antonio de la Maza
25. Interrogation
26. Traitor in the Family
27. Hacienda Maria Massacre
28. Aftermath

Persons Killed in the Aftermath of the Trujillo Assassination
  • « Trujillo : the death of the goat », Boston : Little, Brown, 1978

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