In the tropical twilight of Ciudad Trujillo, the din of traffic along the sea front had hushed. A convoy of seven limousines drew up at the foot of the obelisk (white and floodlit like the Washington Monument), and from the car with the five-starred gold license plates stepped a beady-eyed little man. Bodyguards with their Tommy guns at the ready followed him to his customary concrete bench against the sea wall. There, opposite the statue of himself and within sight of the monument reared in his honor, His Excellency, Generalissimo Dr. Rafael...

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