PAPA DOC Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant

PAPA DOC Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant

By John Marquis
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Book Description

Dr. Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier, former self-appointed President-for-life of Haiti, was the most brutal tyrant of his time. His pervasive secret police, the Tontons Macoute, were literally connoisseurs of terror. For more than three decades, they struck terror into the impoverished people of Haiti, in the most macabre way.

In this outstanding account of Duvalier’s life, the full horror of the Haitian nightmare is laid bare. Disappearances of entire families in the night, public execution of political foes, summary killings of the peasantry and a succession of failed assassinations on Duvalier’s life, provide the theme of a demon-possessed president.

‘Papa Doc’ was the embodiment of evil in the most sinister form. There was voodoo and his own involvement in strange rites, his apparent supernatural powers and reputed immortality. Using voodoo to suppress an entire nation of 7 million souls, ‘Papa Doc’ became the political ogre of the age, a trained country doctor transmuted by power into a sinister killer his people considered indestructible. He exuded this evil image even in his appearance. He dressed always in dark apparel, from top to toe; he appeared funereal promoting death rather than life. His propensity for Machiavellian intrigue and ruthlessness was limitless.

Using a spy trial in Port-au-Prince in 1968 as the foundation of this electrifying tale, the bewitching and terrifying reality of Duvalier’s Haiti, the author reveals a spellbinding account of the macabre regime in one of the world’s most haunted lands.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: A Kind of Gentleman
  • Chapter 2: A Case of Paranoia
  • Chapter 3: Tried As A Spy
  • Chapter 4: Death Sentence
  • Chapter 5: A Tortured Land
  • Chapter 6: Disciple of Dessalines
  • Chapter 7: The Road to Power
  • Chapter 8: The View from Hotel Oloffson
  • Chapter 9: Magliore
  • Chapter 10: The Election
  • Chapter 11: The Chief
  • Chapter 12: The Enforcers
  • Chapter 13: Torment
  • Chapter 14: Chamber of Horrors
  • Chapter 15: Curfew
  • Chapter 16: Sick and Tired
  • Chapter 17: Exodus
  • Chapter 18: Death of A Strongman
  • Chapter 19: President-For-Life
  • Chapter 20: A State of Tension
  • Chapter 21: The Lion of Judah
  • Chapter 22: Solider of Fortune
  • Chapter 23: Death By Firing Squad
  • Chapter 24: A Raid on The Palace
  • Chapter 25: A Dictator in Decline
  • Postscript
  • About the Author
  • Critique On Blood & Fire
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