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The Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future

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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

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Yi-hsin Lin
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one perspective on Chile's recent history (from the 1970s up to the present), Ricardo Lagos's memoirs are engaging and accessible. Unlike A History of Chile, 1808 2002, which was often dry and detached, Lagos's account gives a real sense of what life was like in Chile at various points in time. He explains government policies and philosophies within this context, which makes it far more understandable and interesting.

Although I learned a lot about Chile's recent history from this book, it doe
John Beck
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, non-fiction

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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, informative and sometimes inspiring…

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
Jeff Scott
After reading Bolano for years, this is the first time I’ve read an in-depth review of the violence and strife in Chile that he and many others escaped. It’s harrowing to see how the author, Richard Lago, escaped after the September 11, 1973 coup that overthrew President Allende for General Pinochet. He does escape, but he goes back to face the evil and through his efforts, he and his allies convince the country to vote out a dictator. It’s an amazing feat and I have never heard of the overthrow ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction. I read this for the faculty book group "Read Around the World" at the college where I teach, in March of 2015. I thought it was an excellent book! Before reading this I knew very little about Chile and its history, its struggle for democracy, and the part it has to play in international relations. Although there is much political content in this book, it did not read like a political speech or diatribe, Ricardo Lagos did an exceptional job at making it relatable for the average read ...more
Adele Symonds
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wasn’t looking forward to reading this book as I don’t see myself as a very political or economics minded person.

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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book thru Library Things Early Reviewers. This book is a political autobiography of Richard Lagos who was the Chilean President that turned the country around into one of the leaders of the global economy. He paved the way for democracy after challenging the Dictator, Augusto Pinochet. An all-out Revolution ensued as Chileans took to the streets to take back their country. The foreword was written by Bill Clinton and the book does mention George Bush and how Richard introduc ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, chile
Ricardo Lagos participated in all the most significant events in Chile’s recent history. Through this memoir, the reader gets an inside look at what happened and historians get a primary source.

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
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before beginning this memoir of past president Ricardo Lagos, I knew little about modern Chile and its struggle to overcome the dictator Pinochet and his method of government. Because the past is told from one man's perspective, it is likely to be biased; however, if given a more complete picture of the events, I would myself likely end up with Lagos' viewpoints. The writing is not always smooth (I wonder if there's a Spanish edition?), but the story is enthralling: both terrible and uplifting. ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting view of Chile's economic rise to power.
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