Nicaragua Betrayed

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Nicaragua Betrayed
Author Anastasio Somoza (with Jack Cox)
Language English
Publisher Western Islands
Publication date
Media type Hardcover
Pages 431
ISBN 0-88279-235-0
OCLC 6907476
972.85/052 19
LC Class F1527 .S6196

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]

A Spanish edition of the book, titled Nicaragua Traicionada, was also published.


  1. ^ Anastasio Somoza and Jack Cox, Nicaragua Betrayed, p. 405
  2. ^ Somoza and Cox, p. 397-402
  3. ^ As recounted in Enrique Gorriarán Merlo's Memorias (ISBN 950-49-1063-7) and Claribel Alegria and Darwin J. Flakoll's Death of Somoza (ISBN 978-1880684269)
  4. ^ See main article for details.

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