In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos in his book, War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony. A lawyer, chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for twenty-five years and died under mysterious circumstances.
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. 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.
Every Puertorriqueño, Latino, no, everyone should read this book.