In all the Era of Trujillo as Generalissimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo calls his 24-year tyranny over the Dominican Republic, no chum has been closer, no tool more useful than Secretary of State Without Portfolio Anselmo Paulino Alvarez. Whenever islanders talk of the terroristic carro de la muerte (death car) that disposed of the regime's earlier enemies, or the later massacre of 15,000 immigrant Haitian sugar-cane cutters, Paulino's name comes up. In payment for such chores Trujillo let Paulino wrap his blimplike belly in the uniform of an honorary major general and play the role of Despot No. 2. Inevitably,...

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