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On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile was deposed in a violent coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The coup had been in the works for months, even years. Shortly after giving a farewell speech to his people, Allende died of gunshot wounds-whether inflicted by his own hand or an assassin's remains uncertain. Pinochet ruled Chile for a quarter century, but the short rise and bloody fall of Allende is still the subject of fierce historical debate.
In a world in the throes of the Cold War, the seeming backwater of Chile became the host of a very hot conflict-with Henry Kissinger and the Western establishment aligned with Pinochet's insurgents against a socialist coalition of students, workers, Pablo Neruda, and folk singers, led by the brilliant ideologue Allende. Revolution and counterrevolution played out in graphic detail, moving the small South American nation to the center of the world stage in the dramatic autumn of 1973. Now the rising young scholar Oscar Guardiola-Rivera gives us a tour de force account of a historical crossroads, tracing the destiny of democracy, and the paths of power, money, and violence that still shadow Latin America and its relations with the United States.
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Table of Contents
I Precedents and Causes
1 Outlaws and Political Cobblers 3
2 The Owners of Chile 24
3 The Age of Anxiety 48
4 Dawn of the New Man 76
5 A Long Cold War 96
II The Coup
6 The Chilean Way Versus the Multinational Vampires 121
7 The Revolution Will Be Televised 152
8 The Flies, Act I 178
9 The Flies, Act II 216
10 The Flies, Act III 259
11 A Death Foretold 295
III Aftermath and Consequences
12 Laws of Darkness 329
13 Transition 366