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The Nixon Administration and the Death of Allende's Chile: A Case of Assisted Suicideby Jonathan Haslam
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In this revealing history of Allende's Chile, Jonathan Haslam uncovers the actual involvement of Cuba, the Soviet Union, and the CIA in that country's struggle for political and economic stability. The story begins by tracing the trajectory of the communist and socialist parties from the pre-war period through to the dramatic election of Salvador Allende as president of Chile in 1970, in a country long accustomed to political democracy but divided by great inequality of income. It weaves in an account of a new force linked to Castro's Cuba, and elucidates the longstanding politicization of the Chilean armed forces through mere talk of action in the early 1960s to the attempted coup d'etat of 1969 and the coup of 1973. It highlights the personal profile of Allende and his close ties to Cuba, and shows Soviet indifference to the fate of the regime during a period of emerging detente with the United States, which meant enduring isolation for this precarious socialist experiment.
In this tragic tale of assisted suicide, The Nixon Administration and the Death of Allende's Chile underlines the chronic mismanagement of the economy in the drive to socialism on the back of a minority franchise. It deepens our understanding of close US involvement in attempts to block the formation of the Unidad Popular government, and how it then attempted to bring down the regime by massive subsidies to nationwide strikes, engineering a coup led by the navy behind the back even of CIA stations in Santiago.
Book News Annotation:
By 1973 Chile had in essence pulled the plug on its three-year experiment with Allende, but he and his supporters were apparently not fully aware they were beginning to swirl down the drain. The Allende government and the upsurge in socialist and communistic sentiment it engendered could not counter the taint of association with Castro when Russia and the US were approaching d<'e>tente, the traditional Chilean military/industrial oligarchy, and the national financial crisis wrought by both domestic and international policies. Haslam (history of international relations, Cambridge U.) examines the complex national and international forces behind the fall of Allende and his cause in Chile.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This new history of the rise and fall of Allende's regime uncovers shocking details of US, Cuban, and Soviet involvement.
In this revealing history of Allende's Chile, Haslam uncovers the actual involvement of Cuba, the Soviet Union, and the CIA in that country's struggle for political and economic stability.
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