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As middle ground and unbiased as HE could get
on September 15, 2011
I was very skeptical of this book since I am Pro-Independence and the author is pro "maintain the status quo while getting a little more autonomy". But after reading the book, I will admit that it is definitely a keeper and one that I will read again numerous times as well as use it as a reference. The author dips in to the different issues plaguing Puerto Rico, mainly the status issue. He eventually gives a pretty well done (but still somewhat) unbiased opinion on the benefits and drawbacks of the three different status options for Puerto Rico; Independence, Free Associated State/Commonwealth, and Statehood. He provides cost estimates for the three options as well as ways of achieving each one. Its been a few months since I read the book so I dont remember every single detail (which only means I will be reading it again soon) but I wanted to basically point out that it was very well written, easy to read, understand and follow; and I honestly believe that it is a very good starting point for anyone that wishes to familiarize themselves with the beautiful country known as Puerto Rico and it's issues. I also believe that Puerto Ricans themselves should read this book because even though we live here, the majority of the population (like America's) doesnt conduct it's own research and/or tries to find out the truth on various issues. We (just like the US) have been indoctrinated into believing everything that we read in the newspapers, watch on TV or are TOLD in school. Learning is no longer promoted in today's schools unfortunately. The modern way to teach is to regurgitate what you have heard from the next guy and it's almost guaranteed to continue being passed on. This is unhealthy for both the individuals and the country and is a very good explanation on why Puerto Rico is the way it is now. Read the book, I promise you will not be disappointed...