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Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Bloomsbury Press (first published September 3rd 2013)
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Adrian
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Colombian journalist Guardiola-Rivera has written the first full history of Chile's coup in English. He covers Chile's history back to early 20th century showing how a coalition of Mapuche Indians, copper miners and youth set up Allende's election win in 1970. What is also clear is that this win was doomed. A program of sabotage started within the Chilean military and funded by the CIA began immediately. The hatred of Allende's program wasn't merely political for those on the right it was also a ...more
Riley
There is nothing that isn’t sad about the overthrow of Chile’s Salvador Allende, a democrat who, because he was also a socialist, couldn’t be allowed to remain in power by the United States.

With Latin and South America, you can pick a lot of horrible meddling by the U.S. (the Spanish-American War, the coup against Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, the Cuban embargo) but Allende’s overthrow may top the list.

This book is as much of a call to action as a history of what happened, which was a turnoff for
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Christopher
I'm torn on this book. On the one hand, I find the historical narrative of Chile's political environment and the subsequent coup to be a fascinating story that needs to be told. On the other, the author gets completely bogged down at times by going off on repetitive philosophical tangents that seem fascinated with their own grandiosity and offer little of interest in the way of insight. Honestly, this book could have been 1/2 to 2/3 the length if it had maintained a tighter focus on the events a ...more
Riet
Voor dit boek is wel enige interesse in politieke geschiedenis en dan vooral die van Latijns Amerika nodig. Het is goed geschreven en gaat, kort gezegd, over de verkiezing van Allende als president van Chili in 1970 en daarna in 1973 de coupe door Pinochet met steun van de Amerikanen. Vooral datlaatste is eenuiterst cynisch verhaal. Je kunt je bijna niet voorstellen, dat de Amerikanen daarmee weg kwamen. Maar waarschijnlijk gebeuren dit soort dingen nog steeds.
Behalve het verhaal van Allende ge
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Michael
I was looking for a book about the 1973 coup in Chile. The author does briefly discuss the facts of the coup, but that discussion is buried in lengthy discussions of leftist philosophies which I did not find helpful in understanding the events of 1973. If I had wanted a book about Sartre or Bertrand Russell, I would have bought a book specific to them and their writings. This book would have been infinitely better if the author had written a true history of the coup instead of trying to write a ...more
John
The author doesn't just chronicle "the first 9/11," he also places the sad tale into a global, and non-first-world, context. For example, he emphasizes the "northern" view, popular in U.S. government and corporate circles, that "history doesn't happen in the south." This book is a difficult read, however, because of the (often over-) complicated and tangled syntax: sometimes the subject of a sentence is six lines long.
Vikas Datta
A masterpiece in all senses.... no more words needed to describe it.
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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, University of London. He also served as an aide to the Colombian Congress, as a consultant for a unit of the United Nations in the region, taught and lectured in law, philosophy, and politics in three continents. He helped to found a think-tank still active in Colombia, dealing with Human Rights, policy ...more
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