Jorge Ubico comes close to being all things to all Guatemalans. He is a radio enthusiast, an amateur photographer, a gadget lover, a motorcyclist, a general in the Army, the official Father of his Country and President of Guatemala. Handsome, ice-eyed President Ubico has proved to his own and most people's satisfaction that he is an able, if high-handed, executive who has halved the national debt, constructed many a road and public building.

President Ubico is a cautious caudillo. Elected in 1931 for a six-year term, in 1935 he nervously insisted on a plebiscite which abrogated the constitutional provision against...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!