Books: Latin-American Hero

Rico, BANDIT AND DICTATOR—Antonio de Fierro Blanco—Honghton Mifflin ($2).

Fashions in heroes change like fashions in hats, and the ruthless strong man is fast returning to popular favor. Author Blanco, romantic but unsentimental Latin, has always admired the type. His idealized portrait of an imaginary dictator will not please U. S. readers so much as his Journey of the Flame (TIME, Nov. 6), but they will lend a friendlier ear than they would have a few years ago to Rico, Bandit and Dictator.

Son of an exiled Austrian archduke and an Indian woman,...

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