The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet

The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet

by Heraldo Munoz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465002501

ISBN-13: 9780465002504

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Basic Books


Augusto Pinochet was the most important Third World dictator of the Cold War, and perhaps the most ruthless. In The Dictator’s Shadow, United Nations Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz takes advantage of his unmatched set of perspectives—as a former revolutionary who fought the Pinochet regime, as a respected scholar, and as a diplomat—to tell…  See more details below

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Augusto Pinochet was the most important Third World dictator of the Cold War, and perhaps the most ruthless. In The Dictator’s Shadow, United Nations Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz takes advantage of his unmatched set of perspectives—as a former revolutionary who fought the Pinochet regime, as a respected scholar, and as a diplomat—to tell what this extraordinary figure meant to Chile, the United States, and the world.

Pinochet’s American backers saw his regime as a bulwark against Communism; his nation was a testing ground for U.S.-inspired economic theories. Countries desiring World Bank support were told to emulate Pinochet’s free-market policies, and Chile’s government pension even inspired President George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security. The other baggage—the assassinations, tortures, people thrown out of airplanes, mass murders of political prisoners—was simply the price to be paid for building a modern state. But the questions raised by Pinochet’s rule still remain: Are such dictators somehow necessary?

Horrifying but also inspiring, The Dictator’s Shadow is a unique tale of how geopolitical rivalries can profoundly affect everyday life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465002504
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,047,681
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 A Different 9/11 1

2 The Two Pinochets 22

3 The Power to Dictate 60

4 Pinochet's Global Reach 81

5 Regime on the Ropes 120

6 To Kill Pinochet or Defeat Him with a Pencil 160

7 Governing with the Enemy 209

8 Lost in London 242

9 Reversals of Fortune 274

10 Pinochet's Long Shadow 299

Sources 317

Index 327

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