Trujillo: The Death of the Dictator

Reprint of Little,Brown edition, 1978
Original title : Trujillo: Death of the Goat.

English/ Spanish/ French


On May 30, 1961, a hail of bullets ended the life of Generalissimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo who after his death was referred to as "The Goat" for his many revolting excesses, during 31 years of iron-fisted rule over the Dominican Republic.

The book is a riveting, minute-by-minute account of the plot to kill Trujillo, who was then the Western Hemisphere's most ruthless dictator, and the ferocious wave of revenge that ensued before his regime collapsed. The book also reveals the vacillating role of the United States-and the CIA-first in propping up the dictator, then in supplying arms to slay him.

Diederich was the first to inform the world of the assassination and in covering the aftermath he interviewed Trujillo's driver who had managed to survive. This interview piqued his interest in learning details of the plot. As only the plot leaders knew the story of their conspiracy and they took it to the grave with them, it took Diederich more than a dozen years to piece it all together, mostly because of the spirited collaboration of widows of the men who killed Trujillo. They were strong and fearless women.

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