War Against All Puerto Ricans

Revolution and Terror in America's Colony
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (485 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"A pointed, relentless chronicle of a despicable part of past American foreign policy." ( Kirkus)

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I am puertorican....

This book is haunting but so accurate. Made my soul hurt but made me realize a lot of things. Totally recommend. I cried, I wept, and got angry. But now I know more.

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Great story, Mispronounced Spanish

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.

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wow, very big eye opener

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.

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Most comprehensive story about Puerto Rico

a 100 years story opressed American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Coherent, cohesive story of US economic abuses and supported by detailed facts.

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A Brilliantly Presented Bit of Omitted History

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.

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A must rear

This book opened my eyes to many thing I was unaware of. This history, the sufferings, cruelty and abuse of the PR people has been the best kept secret the US!

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Audible version is not good

The person they chose to narrate this audible book is not good. I can tolerate just about any narrator...and have learned to get past an annoying voice and get the message and have never sent a book back because of narration....except for this one. The guy reads it like he’s a villain from a comic book and I couldn’t get past his evil sounding voice to just hear the story. The book seems to read more like a novel and i feel like I need to fact check some of it, but it is definitely informative and helpful in understanding the history of PR, and the history with the US and PR.
I decided to purchase the paperback instead .

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Important story, not the best execution

Denis presents a passionate and detailed perspective on Don Pedro Albizu Campos and the Puerto Rican nationalist movement. This book offers a welcome counterbalance to the often white-washed history of the US colonization of Puerto Rico. However, the author's ideological bias leads him to share a one-sided historical perspective where some questionable details are presented as facts and complex leaders are reduced to either villains or heroes. Some tedious passages and an overly-dramatic narration made it tough to get through.

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disturbing

there is an evil in this world that is so twisted it's rotting from the inside out. The superior evil race is capable of anything in the name of democracy and power. Very sad account of the struggles in Puerto Rico.

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Real history

This should be required reading. It's heartbreaking that even my mother who grew up on the island didn't know the truth.

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