The news media depicted a Nicaragua controlled, a Nicaragua suppressed, and a Nicaragua without freedom. How strange that this image should be portrayed. If any one thing precipitated the colossal predicament in which the government of Nicaragua would later find itself, it was an excess of freedom. For this excess, I take full responsibility.
Anastasio Somoza, Nicaragua Betrayed (Boston: Western Islands Publishers, 1980): pp. 28-29.
Ex-dictator memoirs can be perversely entertaining. Somoza even borrowed the title from Fulgencio Batista.