Duarte: My Story

Jose Napoleon Duarte, Author Putnam Publishing Group $18.95 (284p) ISBN 978-0-399-13202-5
After a period as military-appointed president, Duarte became El Salvador's elected leader in 1984 and is now making strides in turning the country into a true democracy. Amid the morass of conflicting information about the situation in El Salvador, Duarte's straightforward and unpretentious autobiography helps clarify the relationship between right, left and center (the latter led by Duarte himself), as well as the delicate relationship between San Salvador and Washington. His account of the laborious, frequently dangerous but ultimately successful struggle to win the allegiance of the Salvadoran army forms the core of the narrative. The book also includes an account of the investigation into the murder of the Maryknoll sisters, the story of his daughter's kidnapping by guerrillas and an analysis of the devastating effect of the ""discovery'' by the American media of El Salvador as a hot issue. Photos. (October 20)
Reviewed on: 09/29/1986
Release date: 10/01/1986
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