What Becomes of Children of Dictators?

In the late 1960s, Haiti's ruling Duvalier family was torn apart by a nasty rift between two men who had married into the family. Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, the family patriarch and the country's vicious leader, arrested 19 friends of one of his sons-in-law.

He then ordered that son-in-law, Max Dominique, husband to his daughter Marie-Denise, to join him and the other 19 on a long drive.

Marie-Denise was certain her husband was about to be killed.

She followed the convoy in her own car, and vowed that if her husband was killed, she would “blow her father to smithereens with the machine gun she had slipped under the front seat.” (The husband survived, though he was forced to participate in the killing of his friends).

Jay Nordlinger's new book, “Children of Monsters,” examines the lives of the children of 20 brutal dictators, revealing that while some followed in their father's footsteps, others were torn between normal lives and outsized privilege.

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