THE HEMISPHERE: Legend on Tour

Never before had they heard or seen such a speaker. He cracked jokes, talked fast, talked slow, beat his chest with his fists, waved his arms in circles, crouched, whirled, broke off his most telling sentences to invite applause. In the hall of Panama City's Inter-American University, Panamanian students roared approval. Yes, they liked the man from Peru, Victor Raul Haya de la Torre.

In most Latin American countries Haya was little more than a name—but he was a name. As a student revolutionary he had passed through most of Central...

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