The Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future
Former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos provides a fascinating glimpse inside his country's meteoric rise on the world stage
A leader in the underground resistance movement against Augusto Pinochet and his Dirty War, Ricardo Lagos burst onto the national stage in 1988 when he gave a speech denouncing the dictator, the first of its kind. Revolution soon followed, as Chilea
Although I learned a lot about Chile's recent history from this book, it doe ...more
I've been far too long in hitting publish on my review of Ricardo Lagos' Southern Tiger, because I've struggled to unify what I have to say about the book's three acts.
What do you know about Chile under and after the reign of Augusto Pinochet? Too much or too little.
I came to Lagos' book knowing these things:
1) Pinochet ruled Chile in the modern autocratic fashion, by pretending to have been elected;
2) He came to ...more
Already involved in politics before the coup that brought Pinochet to power, Ricardo Lagos was one of the leaders in the movement to restore democracy to Chile and subsequently went on to become its democratically elected President.
In this book, Lagos starts by telling the story of how many of the various opposition parties came together with one purpose - to find a way to oust Pinochet without a violent struggle. The horrors of the Pinochet era a ...more
I was pleasantly surprised to find that once I had got past my own biased pre-conceived idea I actually found the book rather enjoyable, very informative and in places even laughed out loud.
It is written in a very accessible style which endears this book to non-political types like myself. The further I read into the book the more I found myself liking Ricardo Lagos and I was ...more
First is the story of how Pinochet was finally defeated, then a look at Chile’s change to democracy and then its growing role in at international trade and diplomacy.
There are many human interest stories about the lives of ordinary people. There are guards who complain about having to attend pro-Pinochet ...more