The big man who was Nicaragua's President this week lolled back happily. To friends who dropped in to pass the hot, sticky hours, he confided that his power was growing daily. The Boss had sent around a car for his very own use and some of the soldiers of the presidential guard now saluted as he passed. The people of Managua called him "La Muñeca Gordita" (the Fat Dolly). His belly shook and his great laugh echoed down the empty halls. No one was taking President Benjamin Lacayo-Sacasa* seriously, least of all Lacayo-Sacasa.

But the Fat Dolly was the only...

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