In 1950, after over 50 years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: Assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens.
Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A lawyer, a chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for 25 years and died under mysterious circumstances. By tracing his life and death, Denis shows how the journey of Albizu Campos is part of a larger story of Puerto Rico and US colonialism.
Through oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts, congressional testimony, and recently declassified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution and its context in Puerto Rico's history, from the US invasion in 1898 to the modern-day struggle for self-determination. Denis provides an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.
©2015 Nelson A. Denis (P)2015 Tantor
"A pointed, relentless chronicle of a despicable part of past American foreign policy." (Kirkus)
This story is so important and everyone should hear it. But unfortunately, Mr. Berkrot's excellent rhythmic delivery as the narrator is seriously hampered by how badly he pronounces Spanish words. As a Puerto Rican, I was seriously annoyed by what seemed to me to be a lack of quality control by whoever it is who has the final say at Audible. Berkrot is a talented guy with great chops, great rhythm, and excellent dynamics. As for his Spanish pronunciation..."Que lástima." Is there any way he could go back and punch in or dub the Spanish words again? The subject matter is too important and Peter Berkrot is way too skilled to let the mechanical remain in its current form.
a 100 years story opressed American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Coherent, cohesive story of US economic abuses and supported by detailed facts.
I appreciate the honesty, details, and the victory in the book. I am by no stretch of the imagination a politically knowledgeable individual. In fact I know the bare minimum and am proud to at least vote when elections come around. However, I just recently started to build political interests and participate in community activities which is creating more involvement with and exposure to politics. I have a long way to go but, I can honestly say that this book is the catalyst that I needed to start taking action. Losing our island is not an option.
An infuriating and eye opening account of events that schools omitted from history class. Brilliant story-telling, albeit overly dramatic narration at times, and investigation that leaves you with a bitter taste about events that shaped PR's life, culture, economy, and ties it all up with its current unfortunate condition, and the key role that the US government played. Bravo Mr. Denis.
A most read for every American. it is amazing what anyone can uncover with FOIA. Thank you Nelson for all the research and time you have put into this informative book.
Riveting narrative of the effects of colonialism when applied in an oppressive and destructive way that seeks to negate and repress the native culture instead of honoring it
This book should be part of the curriculum in every Puerto Rican high school. Everything that we are suffering now as a nation stems from this abuses that most times unknowingly we are still suffering. I but the physical book and it has pictures and the sources of information. Very good book. ¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!
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