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Both approaches have their weaknesses, and neither is as new as might first appear. The Draper method — by abjuring the fragments exhumed from a government's dark places — risks underestimating the role of the clandestine actions that were often at the center of the ideological and geostrategic struggles of the Cold War. History by self-interested leaking of documents or the use of anonymous sources, however, tends to produce narratives that are self-justifying, on the one hand, or indictments, on the other, and to exaggerate the importance of covert operations. Again, there is a long history of both genres: Winston Churchill the historian was a master over many volumes at preempting the assessment ofWinston Churchill the statesman, and Henry Kissinger is doing what Churchill did for his own epoch and his own historical place within it by releasing weighty tomes on his White House years and other topics.
"The longawaited book of record on the U.S. intervention in Chile
A crisp, compelling narrative, almost a political thriller."
—Los Angeles Times
"A remarkable reconstruction of the secret foreign policy that transformed Chile into a dictatorship."
"The smoking guns are all here."
—Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer prizewinning A Problem from Hell
|Ch. 1||Project FUBELT : "formula for chaos"||1|
|Ch. 2||Destabilizing democracy : the United States and the Allende government||79|
|Ch. 3||Pinochet in power : building a regime of repression||161|
|Ch. 4||Consolidating dictatorship : the United States and the Pinochet regime||209|
|Ch. 5||American casualties||275|
|Ch. 6||Operation condor : state-sponsored international terrorism||331|
|Ch. 7||Denouement of the dictator : from terrorism to transition||403|
|Epilogue : atrocity and accountability : the long epilogue of the Pinochet case||465|
Posted September 13, 2003
This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the truth about how Nixon, Kissinger and a host of other elected and appointed representatives of these United States, ruthlessly destroyed a country and thousands of innocent people. It's a lesson that is totally relevant to our present morass in Iraq, a situation that even a modicum of sober reflection could have prevented. As with George Bush, Nixon and Kissinger and their underlings drunk wirh a kind of anti- communist xenophobia (Allende was NOT a Communist but a duly elected SOCIALIST Prime Minister and there is a huge difference), were determined to do literally anything, including murder, to keep Allende out of power. International Law and human rights meant absolutley nothing to them. It is one of the most chilling episodes in recent American history but there are many more that come near it. Kornbluh has made a major contribution. The book is soberly written. He lets the record speak for itself, and he grants the reader the courtesy of letting him make up his own mind about the kind of atrocities we can inflict on other nations simply because dangerous fools in high places mistake their zeal for some kind of righteously inspired wisdom. If George Bush could read a book this would be a very instructive one to send him. As it is he will be left behind. At the same time he will, like Nixon, if we don't stop him, take thousands of human beings into hell. And like Nixon, and the unspeakable Kissinger, who is nothing short of a war criminal at large, he will do it with a lack of conscience which is totally pathological. The author deserves the highest commendation for his patient and thorough research and the steadiness of his mind and spirit. I have taught 'clever' college students for thirty years. I doubt if more than a handful will read this book. This is the kind of historical oblivion on which the present administration thrives. The tragedy of Chile is one in whch we are all involved. It will be forgotten at our peril. One can only hope the book has the readership it merits.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.