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The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice

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Thomas Hauser (born 27 February 1946 in New York City, U.S.) is an American author. He made his debut as a writer in 1978 with The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice. Horman's wife, Joyce and father, Ed Horman cooperated with Hauser on the book describing both the fate of Charles and his family's quest to uncover the truth in Chile. It was nominated for a P ...more
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Published January 1st 1978 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1977)
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really think everyone should read this book. I happened to see the movie again yesterday after x amount of years (when it came out, actually) and remembered that I had the book. I grabbed it up immediately and started it this morning and read it out in the sun for most of the day. Did I get anything accomplished today? No. But it was all worth it.

The action takes place in 1973, and you know, I was about 16 at that time so all of the news about the military coup in Chile and the news about the
I decided to read this when I became curious about the Allende/Pinochet coup in Chile while reading Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power. Having not lived through the 60s and 70s, it was easy to be swept away in the depersonalized, strategic geopolitics, and Missing was a perfect antidote.

The first half of the book was the literary equivalent of an episode of Locked Up Abroad. You read through the events, knowing the outcome, a sense of dread building. The second half or so is an attempt to b
Irene Lazlo
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me avergüenza decir que antes de leer este libro no tenía ni idea de la política de Salvador Allende ni de en qué consistió el golpe de Estado de Pinochet. Los españoles deberíamos conocer la historia de América latina con más razón que la de otros países europeos. Este libro me ha abierto los ojos a una realidad que me era desconocida. Nunca había oído hablar de Charles Horman ni del calvario que pasó su familia hasta que consiguió enterrar su cadáver.
Este libro hace un buen trabajo explicando
Cassie Shook
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that had come to my bookshelf via research for my senior thesis on the coup in Chile in 1973. As a result of a TON of CIA documents that had recently become available (thanks Freedom of Information Act!), this book got pushed to the side. Now, reading it (mostly for the first time), I am very impressed. Written in 1978, there was TONS of info being pushed under the carpet, including the disappearance of a young American. These things were still being pushed under the carpet in 20 ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è giunto nelle mie mani in modo inusuale. Un parente che vive a Manhattan da moltissimi anni me l'ha portato, insieme ad uno scatolone delle cose più bizzarre (una targa californiana, una mappa di New York, una guida di gallerie d'arte, un libro di un qualche circolo religioso che urla "fanatismo!" e sembra interessante, una copia del New York Times con uno speciale su una qualche conferenza) ed in un momento di noia ho deciso di iniziarlo. Essendo una cronaca di fatti reali, ci son ...more
Andréa Lechner
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I have read to date about Pinochet's butchery. A superbly written book and a must for anybody interested in the dark past of Latin America in the 1970's. Not a novel but an account of what happened. Costa-Gavras' film of the same name, with Jack Lemmon as the father is also worth visiting or revisiting. Harrowing yet essential viewing/reading.
Fran Darling
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read - especially in light of the Venezuelan crisis and eminent takeover.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Along with providing the details of the lead-up to and many components of the military coup in Chile in 1973, the book fully engages the daily, real-world struggle of one US family as it seeks to find out the status of their missing loved one. This is very gripping. Not only do you witness the family's struggle, but also the US military personnel as they manage the realities of post-coup life, especially in these early days. The images are heart-jerking. So much is told, but you really want to k ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book traces the events surrounding the execution of Charles Horman, an American in Chile during the '73 coup. Horman was kidnapped and killed because he inadvertently discovered that American forces like the CIA, and the Southern Command, were involved in overthrowing the democratically elected Marxist Allente. In large part it describes how the Santiago American Embassy was working against Americans who were somewhat liberal. This book was censored in US and Canada for five years while Ira ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This fantastic book is written about the fate of an American journalist, Charles Horman, who was executed by the pseudo-nazi junta during the coup of September 1973 in Chile. Even before reading this book, I was sympathetic toward el compañero presidente Allende, his cause and his courage, but this book presented such a moving account of what had happened in those days that I somehow lived through it.
I was disappointed with this. Hauser has wrote a lot of very good boxing related stuff, including what is probably the definitive Muhammad Ali biography and I think the cia sponsored shenanigans that went on in Chile is an interesting and to most people unknown chapter of history so I had high hopes for this book, not that it was bad, I just expected more.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book about Charles Horman, an American journalist killed in Chile after the CIA-backed overthrow of Salvador Allende. I also recommend the movie about this titled Missing.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, favorites
I have read this book many, many times. It's fascinating (and tragic and enraging!) both for the story itself and what was done to the book for daring to tell it.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Res ipsa loquitur: A lawyer's well-written and sober account of the American-backed coup in Chile, grounded in fact and careful to leave the speculation and gap-filling to the reader.
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Thomas Hauser (b. 1946) is the author of forty-two books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Award–winning film. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times earned numerous awards for its author, including the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat ...more

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