The General's Slow Retreat: Chile after Pinochet

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Overview


In her acclaimed book Soldiers in a Narrow Land, Mary Helen Spooner took us inside the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Carrying Chile’s story up to the present, she now offers this vivid account of how Chile rebuilt its democracy after 17 years of military rule—with the former dictator watching, and waiting, from the sidelines. Spooner discusses the major players, events, and institutions in Chile’s recent political history, delving into such topics as the environmental situation, the economy, and the election of Michelle Bachelet. Throughout, she examines Pinochet’s continuing influence on public life as she tells how he grudgingly ceded power, successfully fought investigations into his human rights record and finances, kept command of the army for eight years after leaving the presidency, was detained on human rights charges, and died without being convicted of any of the many serious crimes of which he was accused. Chile has now become one of South America’s greatest economic and political successes, but as we find in The General’s Slow Retreat, it remains a country burdened with a painful past.
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"A human account of Chile's particular experience that is thoughtful, well researched and immensely readable."--International Affairs
International Affairs - Tanya Harmer

“A human account of Chile’s particular experience that is thoughtful, well researched and immensely readable.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256132
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Helen Spooner is a journalist who began working in Latin America in 1977, including nine years as a foreign correspondent in Chile. She has reported for ABC News, The Economist, The Financial Times of London, and Newsweek. She is the author of Soldiers in a Narrow Land: The Pinochet Regime in Chile, Updated Edition (UC Press).
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I. An Uneasy Transition
1. Transferring Power
2. The Conciliator
3. The Commander
4. Truth and Reconciliation

Part II. Building Democracy
5. Elections and the Military
6. Politics and Free Speech
7. Justice Delayed
8. London and Santiago

Part III. Consolidating Democracy
9. The Dictator’s Last Bow
10. Unfinished Business
11. Michelle Bachelet
12. Chile, Post-Pinochet

A Chilean Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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