War Against All Puerto Ricans

  • by Nelson A. Denis
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1950, after over 50 years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: Assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens.
Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A lawyer, a chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for 25 years and died under mysterious circumstances. By tracing his life and death, Denis shows how the journey of Albizu Campos is part of a larger story of Puerto Rico and US colonialism.
Through oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts, congressional testimony, and recently declassified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution and its context in Puerto Rico's history, from the US invasion in 1898 to the modern-day struggle for self-determination. Denis provides an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.


What the Critics Say

"A pointed, relentless chronicle of a despicable part of past American foreign policy." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

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Great story, Mispronounced Spanish

This story is so important and everyone should hear it. But unfortunately, Mr. Berkrot's excellent rhythmic delivery as the narrator is seriously hampered by how badly he pronounces Spanish words. As a Puerto Rican, I was seriously annoyed by what seemed to me to be a lack of quality control by whoever it is who has the final say at Audible. Berkrot is a talented guy with great chops, great rhythm, and excellent dynamics. As for his Spanish pronunciation..."Que lástima." Is there any way he could go back and punch in or dub the Spanish words again? The subject matter is too important and Peter Berkrot is way too skilled to let the mechanical remain in its current form.
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- ricardo

Most comprehensive story about Puerto Rico

a 100 years story opressed American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Coherent, cohesive story of US economic abuses and supported by detailed facts.
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- Mart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio