Books: Short Notices: Jul. 21, 1967

MANUELA by Demetrio Aguilera Malta. 304 pages Southern Illinois University. $6.95.

Her husband had just come home from the seas. He looked in the closet. "What are those military uniforms doing there?" he asked. "They're mine," said Manuela Sáenz de Thorne. "I'm a colonel in the Liberation Army."

Manuela was more than a colonel in the army of Simón Bolívar, who liberated the west coast of South America from the Spaniards early in the last century. She was also 'Bolívar's political fixer and counselor and, for eight years, his mistress (her husband finally divorced her). As this book makes clear, "La Sáenz," the...

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