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A child emigrates from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1870, adapts to a new culture, and strives through hurricanes, disease and war to become a prominent tobacco planter. With high hopes, he sends his son Antonio to Albany Law School in New York, but the young man loses his will, commits an atrocious crime, and is executed on the electric chair at the Sing Sing penitentiary. Ant ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 6th 2014 by Black Hammock Enterprises, LLC (first published October 21st 2014)
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Jim
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are to read “Antonio’s Will”, by Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini, may I recommend the following:

Look at the cover. Closely. It tells you the story, graphically, in a single photo and a few words.

Flip to the back of the book. Read “About the Author.” That will tell you she is an attorney, a former NASA bioengineer, college professor and a published nonfiction author. In other words, a smart cookie. It gives you an inkling of her capacity for the difficult and tedious work of genealogy and a love fo
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Carlos Martinez
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente!

Esta historia de la manera que está narrada y por su contenido hístorico nos lleva a identificarnos con su protagonista hasta el punto de sentir en carne propia su desgracia. La recomiendo para todos aquellos que como yo nos manifestamos en contra de la pena de muerte y para los que aún piensan que es correcto que el estado decida sobre si una persona merece morir como castigo.
Anita
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. I like reading legal stories and I learned a lot about of Puerto Rico in the process. The author did an incredible amount of research for this book and it shows in the detail of the story.
Lillian
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes to read real life capital punishment cases
Antonio's Will, A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice, is a real life historical novel based on the first Hispanic to be executed in the United States by electric chair.

Dated around 100 years ago, a young man named Antonio Ponton left Puerto Rico to go to United States to be educated and have a profession worthy of pride for his parents. Unfortunately, his love for a woman brought a setback in his life and his destiny was changed drastically. His mental illness, the unfairness of a j
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Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini
Oct 25, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am the author of this novel. This is not a review.

Antonio's Will is the result of many years of study that began with family history research. For those drawn to history, anthropology and mystery, genealogy can be a rewarding experience. It is a never-ending journey that can easily rescue a person from the typical routines of life, transporting him or her to the intriguing world of their ancestors. What seems like an "extended hobby" for many can absorb a great deal of our time, even years, a
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Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini
Dec 07, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author of this novel. This is not a review.

Antonio's Will is the result of many years of study that began with family history research. For those drawn to history, anthropology and mystery, genealogy can be a rewarding experience. It is a never-ending journey that can easily rescue a person from the typical routines of life, transporting him or her to the intriguing world of their ancestors. What seems like an "extended hobby" for many can absorb a great deal of our time, even years, as
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Marcella Maranville
Very interesting book

Excellent for those who like history and non fiction books. Although probably necessary, the only thing I disliked is the extended details in some parts specifically when mentioning all people and entities supporting Antonio's pleads for mercy and detention of execution. Otherwise I enjoyed it very much.
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Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini is an attorney and family historian. She is a former U.S. Space Shuttle engineer and adjunct professor of legal ethics and negotiations for the Executive M.B.A. program at Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, Florida.

She is the author of "ANTONIO'S WILL, A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice" (Book 1 of The Antonio's Series), a hi
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“Pardon me for this resolution … I know that this will be a disgrace that I bring to my people, but I cannot help it. Love is the blame for it. I go in peace ... pray for me ... good-bye all.” 1 likes
“In 1932, Albizu Campos unveiled a racist letter Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads wrote in 1931 to his colleague Fred W. Stewart, confessing to humanitarian crimes the doctor performed against his Puerto Rican patients. “They are beyond doubt the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever inhabiting this sphere. It makes you sick to inhabit the same island with them. They are even lower than Italians,” Dr. Rhoads wrote. “What the island needs is not public health work but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the population… I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off 8 and transplanting cancer into several more,” he confessed.” 0 likes
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