DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Getting the Business

Lordly Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, longtime dictator of the Dominican Republic, has had a generally critical U.S. press ever since 1930—Year One of the Era of Trujillo, as the country's official documents call it. But he has not lacked for private defenders in the U.S. "He can be a charming fellow," one explained recently. "You can get drunk with him, sing songs, swap gamy jokes. The picture isn't all black. He's done a lot of good for the country." El Benefactor Trujillo kept order and paid his debts, the refrain went on, and above all, he was a friend of...

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