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Hostile Intent: U.S. Covert Operations in Chile, 19641974


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Kristian Gustafson "s Hostile Intentreexamines one of the most controversial chapters in U.S. intelligence history, the Central Intelligence Agency "s covert operations in Chile from 1964 to 1974. At the request of successive U.S. presidents, the CIA in conjunction with the State Department and the Defense Intelligence Agency first acted to prevent Chilean socialist Salvador Allende from becoming the democratically elected president of his country and then tried to undermine his government once he was in office. Allende "s government eventually fell in a bloody military coup on September 11, 1973. President Richard Nixon "s administration and corporate interests were not sorry to see him go, but did U.S. covert operations actually play a decisive role in Allende "s downfall? The declassification of thousands of U.S. government documents over the last several years demands that historians take a new look. Since 1973, most observers have maintained that U.S. machinations were responsible for the success of Gen. Augusto Pinochet "s coup that forced Allende "s fall and suicide. This assessment has been based on a thin documentary record of U.S. activity, the myth of an all-powerful CIA, and the CIA "s checkered history of covert action in Latin America. However, Gustafson convincingly shows the conventional wisdom about the impact of U.S. actions is badly flawed. His meticulous research is based upon an intensive examination of previously unavailable U.S. records as well as interviews with key figures. Hostile Intentis the most comprehensive account to date of U.S. involvement in Chile, and its provocative reinterpretation of this involvement will shape all future debates.

Table of Contents

Chronology — Introduction: The CIA in Chile — The campaign begins : Chile's 1964 presidential election — Supporting the moderates : the 1969 congressional election — Last minute scramble : Track I efforts to avert an Allende presidency — The dangerous second track : the assassination of General Schneider — Watching history unfold : dealing with President Allende — The CIA and ITT : the agency response to corporate interest — The campaign ends : the fall of the Allende government — Coda : post-coup operations — Conclusion: The Chilean campaign in perspective — Appendix: Glossary and dramatis personae.

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Potomac Books Inc.
Gustafson, Kristian
History : United States - 20th Century
Publication Date:
December 2007

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