PAPA DOC Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant

PAPA DOC Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant
PAPA DOC Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant
by John Marquis
USD 22.99
  • Published 2008
  • Dimension 6.00 X 9.00
  • Pages 352
  • Format Paper back
  • ISBN 978-976-8202-33-8


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.


About the Author

John Marquis is an award-winning British investigative journalist with vast experiences in newspapers and magazines in the British Commonwealth and the United States.  He worked on Reuters World Desk for Thomson Regional Newspapers (UK), The Scotsman, The Western Mail, the London Evening Standard, The Boston Globe and The Washington Evening Star. He is formerly the Managing Editor of The Tribune, the leading daily newspaper in the Bahamas and the Bahamas Correspondent for Reuters.

His first book, Blood & Fire, about the wartime murder of Sir Harry Oaks in Nassau was published to critical acclaim in 2005.  Author Chester Thompson described the book as “an awesome read” and Marquis as “a master wordsmith”.  Best-selling novelist Arthur Hailey, a fan of his journalistic work called him “a damned good writer”.

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