Portugal: Twilight of a Dictator

For nearly 40 years, António de Oliveira Salazar has been the unusual dictator of an unfortunate land. An austere, almost monastic man who once taught economics, he has shunned publicity and raised few monuments to himself. Yet he built a tightly run, corporate state modeled closely on Mussolini's Italy, and his secret police have harshly repressed most discussion and all dissent. He has ruled longer than any other European political leader in this century. Early this month, after injuring his head in a fall from a deck chair, Salazar, 79, underwent surgery...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!