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The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet

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Augusto Pinochet was the most important Third World dictator of the Cold War, and perhaps the most ruthless. In The Dictators Shadow, United Nations Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz takes advantage of his unmatched set of perspectives—as a former revolutionary who fought the Pinochet regime, as a respected scholar, and as a diplomat—to tell what this extraordinary figure meant to Chile, the United States, and the world.

Pinochets American backers saw his regime as a bulwark against Communism; his nation was a testing ground for U.S.-inspired economic theories. Countries desiring World Bank support were told to emulate Pinochets free-market policies, and Chiles government pension even inspired President George W. Bushs plan to privatize Social Security. The other baggage—the assassinations, tortures, people thrown out of airplanes, mass murders of political prisoners—was simply the price to be paid for building a modern state. But the questions raised by Pinochets rule still remain: Are such dictators somehow necessary?

Horrifying but also inspiring, The Dictators Shadow is a unique tale of how geopolitical rivalries can profoundly affect everyday life.

Review:

"Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's reign (1973 — 1990) still resonates for its brutality and its role in pioneering controversial free-market development policies. This thoughtful retrospective explores that history from a unique perspective. Muoz, an official in the Allende government overthrown by Pinochet in 1973, found himself vainly confronting the coup with a revolver and a fistful of dynamite, dodging arrest while friends disappeared into the junta's dungeons. In the 1980s he became a leader of the moderate left opposition. His first-hand account of the political movement that, with crucial help from abroad, forced Pinochet from power in 1990, is both shrewd and inspiring. Muoz, who is now Chile's ambassador to the U.N., is measured in his condemnation of the dictatorship and cognizant of the unstable political environment that formed it. He gives the regime's economic program mixed reviews, on the one hand crediting it with reinvigorating Chile's economy while admitting that it has left most Chileans worse off. He paints Pinochet as a complex character — a canny operator, a 'man of limited intellect' and an ideological lightning rod. Combining sharp historical analysis with telling personal recollections, this is an excellent assessment of a tyrant and his legacy. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

One fall day in 1991, not long after Gen. Augusto Pinochet lost his grip on Chile, Heraldo Munoz, a socialist who had spent his life in both clandestine struggle and open opposition to the Pinochet regime, saw the old man himself approaching across a room at the Army War Academy. The former dictator had a pacemaker and was no longer Chile's president but remained commander-in-chief of the army, a post... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

A gripping memoir of life in Chile under Augusto Pinochet, the horrors perpetrated by his regime, and what it took to overthrow him.

About the Author

Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz was Deputy Foreign Minister of Chile in 2000–2002 and Minister Secretary General in 2002–2003 at La Moneda Presidential Palace before assuming his present post as ambassador to the U.N., where he has served as President of the Security Council. The author of several scholarly books, he is frequently quoted on international issues by the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and other journals. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465002504
Author:
Munoz, Heraldo
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chile
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Chile History 1973-1988.
Subject:
Pinochet Ugarte, Augusto
Subject:
World History-South America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 24 oz

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Product details 376 pages Basic Books - English 9780465002504 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's reign (1973 — 1990) still resonates for its brutality and its role in pioneering controversial free-market development policies. This thoughtful retrospective explores that history from a unique perspective. Muoz, an official in the Allende government overthrown by Pinochet in 1973, found himself vainly confronting the coup with a revolver and a fistful of dynamite, dodging arrest while friends disappeared into the junta's dungeons. In the 1980s he became a leader of the moderate left opposition. His first-hand account of the political movement that, with crucial help from abroad, forced Pinochet from power in 1990, is both shrewd and inspiring. Muoz, who is now Chile's ambassador to the U.N., is measured in his condemnation of the dictatorship and cognizant of the unstable political environment that formed it. He gives the regime's economic program mixed reviews, on the one hand crediting it with reinvigorating Chile's economy while admitting that it has left most Chileans worse off. He paints Pinochet as a complex character — a canny operator, a 'man of limited intellect' and an ideological lightning rod. Combining sharp historical analysis with telling personal recollections, this is an excellent assessment of a tyrant and his legacy. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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A gripping memoir of life in Chile under Augusto Pinochet, the horrors perpetrated by his regime, and what it took to overthrow him.
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