Books: Bootleg Imperialist

THE FILIBUSTER—Laurence Greene— Bobbs-Merrill ($3.50).

On Oct. 16, 1853, from San Francisco, a small, freckled, poker-faced, soft-spoken Tennessean named William Walker, 29 years old, sailed with 45 assorted killers, down-and-outers and adventurers to capture Lower California as the first step in privately annexing Mexico and Central

America to the U. S. In the next seven years before he faced a 'Honduran firing squad, William Walker hoisted his own flag over "the independent Republic of Lower Californi," got himself elected President of Nicaragua, was involved in a fight with ten countries, became No. i...

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