Recently republished is this 1917 autobiography of former Costa Rican President Rafael Yglesias Castro. Now added are two of his public addresses and a forward by Jorge Aguilar Moria, a family friend.

Yglesias, while yet in his twenties, became a successful importer and a governmental minister. Elected to the presidency in 1894, he inherited bitter church-state relations which reduced much of his effectiveness. He was responsible for starting the Pacific Railroad, settling several boundary disputes and putting Costa Rica on the gold standard. Claiming too much unfinished work, he obtained congressional approval for immediate reelection in 1898.

Disproving the myth of Costa Rican tranquility is his account of a half-dozen revolts against him. The report ends with Yglesias’ role in the rebellion of 1917.

Aimed at a small audience the pamphlet will have limited value. Adding little to an understanding of the economic and religious issues of the times, it is largely just partisan narrative.