TITLE: Tiburcio Carias: Portrait of a Honduran Political Leader
SPEAKER: Thomas Dodd
EVENT DATE: 2006/03/24
RUNNING TIME: 38 minutes
Thomas J. Dodd discussed his book "Tiburcio Carias: Portrait of a Honduran Political Leader" in a program sponsored by the Library's Hispanic Division and Center for the Book.
Dodd discussed the rule of Tiburcio Carias, Honduras' longest-serving head of government, who ruled from 1933 to 1949 and was a major political figure in the country's history. The former ambassador analyzed the consolidation and modernization of Honduras under Carias. The book has been widely praised by historians. In the foreword, historian Douglas Brinkley said Dodd achieves a balanced assessment of domestic order and political and social stability during the Carias era.
Speaker Biography: Thomas Dodd is adjunct professor in the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. He previously taught at the Escuela de Estudios Superiores in Mexico, Georgetown's Department of History and American University's School of International Service. He is the author of "Managing Democracy in Central America: A Case Study, U.S. Election Supervision in Nicaragua, 1927-1933" and "The Panama Crisis, 1909-1904; Letters of Thomas Herran." He served as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica in 2001-2005 and to Uruguay from 1997-2001.