The Disenchanted Island
Puerto Rico and the United States in the Twentieth Century, 2nd Edition
A revised and updated edition of Ronald Fernandez's acclaimed study of the Puerto Rico-United States relationship, tracing that relationship from the early years of the twentieth century through to the present and providing a comprehensive analysis of political, economic, and military affairs as they relate to Puerto Rico.
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This is a revised and updated edition of Ronald Fernandez's acclaimed study of the Puerto Rico-United States relationship. Tracing that relationship from the early years of the 20th century through to the present, Fernandez provides a comprehensive analysis of political, economic, and military affairs as they relate to Puerto Rico. The new edition is completely up-to-date through 1995 and includes important new material based upon documents found in the Reagan presidential library, as well as newly declassified documents in the Eisenhower library.
- Table of Contents
Foreword by William M. Kunstler and Ronald L. Kuby
Preface and Acknowldegments
Puerto Rico: Prostrate and Paraylzed
San Juan and Washington, Ponce and Boston
Puerto Rico: The Permanent Possession
Revolution and Reaction
Prisoners of War
Stink Bombs and Heart Attacks
The author of Los Macheteros: The Violent Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence here provides a well-written historical narrative of the island's political evolution vis-a-vis the United States from 1898 to the present. Fernandez argues that, despite slight modifications in the relationship, Puerto Rico remains dependent on the United States. Throughout, he introduces many interesting figures and offers perceptive insights into political and economic developments which have influenced the relationship, including the consequences of the Internal Revenue Service's decisions on resident and nonresident taxes and the gross ignorance of Harding appointee Governor Reilly, in the early 1920s. Highly recommended as a readable general overview.
A controversial, readable history.
^IThe Disenchanted Island^R is a well-written sociohistoric interpretation of relations between Puerto Rico and the United States in the twentieth century.
. . . one of those rare works which is genuinely useful to both scholars and general readers. This volume contains a significant amount of new insights and documentation, making it interesting to the specialist, while also providing enough background and clear analysis to educate those with little or no knowledge of Puerto Rican affairs . . . this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of Puerto Rico's colonial dilemma.