Nicaragua Betrayed by Anastasio Somoza , Jack Cox


Nicaragua Betrayed, published in 1980, is the memoir of former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza Debayle (as told to Jack Cox), who had been toppled the previous year by the Sandinista insurgency. At the time of the book’s publication, Somoza was living in Asunción, Paraguay, as a personal guest of President Alfredo Stroessner.[1]

In the book Somoza gave his account of his administration, his downfall, and what he perceived to be the American betrayal of his country; he was particularly critical of the Carter Administration.[2]

Shortly after the book’s publication, Somoza and his chauffeur were assassinated in downtown Asunción by members of the Argentine People’s Revolutionary Army.[3]

He is buried in Miami, Florida at Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum.[4]

This was an excellent book about the fall of the Nicaraguan republic under the Carter administration. A very sad tale indeed!


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