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The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountabilityby Peter Kornbluh
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Revised and updated for the fortieth anniversary of Augusto Pinochets September 11, 1973, military coup in Chile, The Pinochet File reveals a formerly secret record of complicity with atrocity on the part of the U.S. government. Documents that were first made publicly available in the original hardcover edition formed the heart of the international campaign to hold Pinochet accountable for murder,­ torture, and ­terrorism—a campaign chronicled for the first time in this updated edition.
Peter Kornbluh spearheaded the effort to declassify some 24,000 secret CIA, White House, National Security Council, and Defense Department records on Chile, and when The Pinochet File was first published in 2003, Marc Cooper wrote in the Los Angeles Times, Thanks to Peter Kornbluh, we have the first complete, almost daytoday and fully documented record of this sordid chapter in Cold War American history.” With the publication of this edition, that record becomes even more complete.
This book now includes the story of Pinochets 2004 indictment and trial, as well as new information about the famous cases of the American Charles Horman and Chilean folk singer Victor Jara—both executed by Pinochets military after the coup. The new afterword also tells the story of The Pinochet File itself: Henry Kissingers attempt to undercut the books reception generated a major scandal that led to highlevel resignations at the Council on Foreign Relations, illustrating the continued ability of the book to speak truth to power.
Revised and updated for the fortieth anniversary of Augusto Pinochets September 11, 1973, military coup in Chile, The Pinochet File reveals a formerly secret record of complicity with atrocity on the part of the U.S. government. The documents, first declassified by the National Security Archive for The Pinochet File, formed the heart of the international campaign to hold General Pinochet accountable for murder, torture, and terrorism.
When the book was first published in hardcover in 2003, Marc Cooper wrote on the editorial page of the New York Times, "Thanks to Peter Kornbluh, we have the first complete, almost day-to-day and fully documented record of this sordid chapter in Cold War American History." With the publication of this fortieth-anniversary edition, that record is now even more complete and up-to-date.
Peter Kornbluh led the campaign for the declassification of some 24,000 secret CIA, White House, NSC, and Defense Department records on Chile. In The Pinochet File, Kornbluh puts those records in their historical context—exposing the efforts of Henry Kissinger, the White House, and the CIA to conceal this involvement—and fills in the gaps of one of the most infamous chapters in the history of American foreign policy.
About the Author
Peter Kornbluh directs the Chile Documentation Project and the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. He is a co-author of The Iran-Contra Scandal (The New Press) and the editor of The Bay of Pigs Declassified (The New Press) and The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. He lives in Maryland.
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