Books: Tough & Ugly

GOMEZ, TYRANT OF THE ANDES —Thomas Rourke—Morrow ($3.50).

Before Simon Bolivar died in 1830, after having fought some 200 battles, won independence for six countries and toyed with the idea of becoming Emperor of South America, he said, "I have plowed in the sea." What he meant was that little dictators were springing up behind him and, with his uncanny political foresight, he could see that in the future his land would "fall into the hands of vulgar tyrants." Last week Thomas Rourke offered a biography of one of the tyrants in a volume...

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