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Voor dit boek is wel enige interesse in politieke geschiedenis en dan vooral die van Latijns Amerika nodig Het is goed geschreven en gaat, kort gezegd, over de verkiezing van Allende als president van Chili in 1970 en daarna in 1973 de coupe door Pinochet met steun van de Amerikanen Vooral datlaatste is eenuiterst cynisch verhaal Je kunt je bijna niet voorstellen, dat de Amerikanen daarmee weg kwamen Maar waarschijnlijk gebeuren dit soort dingen nog steeds Behalve het verhaal van Allende geeft de schrijver ook veel over de geschiedenis van de andere Zuid Amerikaanse landen in die tijd Geen makkelijk boek, maar wel heel interessant. This is a thrilling tale about the consciousness of an entire society, the bystander effect and the challenge between societal thought and human consciousness It is a philosophical investigation of the depth of the human and societal soul and its darkest secrets Its characters and plot lines are complex and realistic Highly recommended. Incredibly interesting, but oh so much superfluous info could ve been half as long. Extremely well written book about the coup against Allende This book dives deep into the political philosophy and philosophy of law behind the the different political groups in Chile at the time It also gives a very good background on how Allende developed his ideas and thoughts early on Sometimes the theory was a little hard to get through, but this book shines in how it links what happened in Chile with the current Shock Doctrine being applied through out the world Some references that I want to pursue Garbriel Garcia Marquez s Nobel Prize Lecture The Solitude of Latin AmericaThe movie The Battle of Chile directed by Patricio GuzmanJulio Cortazar Fantomas versus the Multinational VampiresThis book also describes the Condor Operation, which had major operations, if not based in Chile that was responsible for worldwide killings including General Prats in Argentina, Sept 76 assassination of Orlando Letelier and American citizen. I was very much looking forward to reading this book On one hand, I enjoyed it, but on the other, I think it could have been so much better.The author captured and reported on the larger context of the overthrow of the democratically elected leftist president of Chile I was familiar with the story, but that didn t temper my anger as I worked through each phase of the effort to oust Salvadore Allende The US, like it had done in Iran and Guatemala before, worked overtly and covertly to subvert the voice of the electorate in another country Supplying guns, underwriting campaigns, fostering treason by the armed forces, etc was the main role of the US Nixon and Kissinger, the latter a true war criminal, worked nonstop to teach the Chileans that only voices in the US counted The US primarily feared Chile s election of Allende since he showed the socialism was entirely compatible with democracy and freedom This was the antithesis of US propaganda and needed to be stopped at all costs lest it undermine the US s entire foreign and domestic policy foundations.Guardiola Rivera echoes my own worry that the deification of the military and its members only leads to bad places He also shows the impact that religion has, especially in the hands of the rightwing military and civilian propaganda groups in Chile It was Christianity, through its Catholic instantiation, that was partly used to justify overthrowing the rule of law, arbitrary detentions and torture, book destruction, murder and genocide On thought I had while reading the book was how some people reacted to Allende s attempt to nationalize the media in case of a coup The assumption is that government controlled media cannot be tolerated or trusted But, is corporately controlled media much better The people are still excluded from decision making and from having a voice in what is reported and what is suppressed.As for how this book could be better, I think the work lacked focus It jumped all over the place, in time, theory and explanation of events There was nothing drawing me through the story to hang on to as I worked through this tome It also felt like preaching to the choir at times, based on some word choices and cited sources I think the author nailed it and is correct on most points, but how you make that case determines what impact the work will have beyond the already converted.I think Jennifer Shirmer s The Guatemalan Military Project is the best work I ve read on the evolution of a country from democracy and freedom on the left to dictatorship and terror by the right Her work covered a great deal of history but I never felt lost or confused as I worked from the introduction to the conclusion. Really great account of what led up to the coup, the coup itself, and a brief summary of what followed If you re interested in Chilean history, US meddling, or socialism, definitely read this There is nothing that isn t sad about the overthrow of Chile s Salvador Allende, a democrat who, because he was also a socialist, couldn t be allowed to remain in power by the United States With Latin and South America, you can pick a lot of horrible meddling by the U.S the Spanish American War, the coup against Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, the Cuban embargo but Allende s overthrow may top the list.This book is as much of a call to action as a history of what happened, which was a turnoff for me at times At other times, that added to its interest.From the book In an interview with historian Peter Winn, Salvador Allende had explained his view that millions of people in the world want socialism, but do not want to pay the terrible price of civil war in order to obtain it According to Winn, despite the final image of Allende firing the AK 47 rifle Fidel Castro had given him defending his burning presidential palace alone against an entire army, according to Garcia Marquez s harrowing description Salvador Allende remained on the path of the Chilean Way until the day of his death He remained faithful to its notions of peaceful and democratic revolution acting as restraint on the tendency to emulate the enemy and engage in reciprocal violence In the end Allende acted as the Chilean president who believed civil war was the worst disaster that could befall a nation, not as the revolutionary vanguard willing to sacrifice the people for his cause As Winn observes, rather than risk the evil of civil war, the evil of imitation and the paranoia emulation of the enemy, Allende chose to risk his own life. I was unsure how to rate this 3 or 4 stars , because while there were many passages of brilliance in here, paragraphs that made me want to yell yessssss thanks to the way Guardiola Rivera connected events of the past and present in a succinct and well pointed way, there were other sections that were a bit of a slog I ve read books of a similar length and scope which included a dramatis personae at the front of the book for easy reference, and I think such a device might have benefited this book Sometimes it was hard to keep track of who everyone was there were a ton of people , and often new historical events would be introduced into the narrative with little introduction I also think utilizingsection breaks would have been helpful These were long, long chapters, and they flowed from one idea to the next with no real breaking point Overall, though, this was an informative book about a time in history I didn t know that much about. I m torn on this book On the one hand, I find the historical narrative of Chile s political environment and the subsequent coup to be a fascinating story that needs to be told On the other, the author gets completely bogged down at times by going off on repetitive philosophical tangents that seem fascinated with their own grandiosity and offer little of interest in the way of insight Honestly, this book could have been 1 2 to 2 3 the length if it had maintained a tighter focus on the events as they occurred with fewer of these asides There is some obvious bias, which isn t necessarily bad in and of itself, but this bias borders on hero worship with respect to Allende There are certainly many things to admire about the man and especially when contrasted with Pinochet , but I have a hard time believing that he was as apparently flawless as the author is portraying him. `Free ⇝ Story of a Death Foretold ⇰ On September , , President Salvador Allende Of Chile Was Deposed In A Violent Coup Led By General Augusto Pinochet The Coup Had Been In The Works For Months, Even Years Shortly After Giving A Farewell Speech To His People, Allende Died Of Gunshot Wounds Whether Inflicted By His Own Hand Or An Assassin S Remains Uncertain Pinochet Ruled Chile For A Quarter Century, But The Short Rise And Bloody Fall Of Allende Is Still The Subject Of Fierce Historical DebateIn A World In The Throes Of The Cold War, The Seeming Backwater Of Chile Became The Host Of A Very Hot Conflict With Henry Kissinger And The Western Establishment Aligned With Pinochet S Insurgents Against A Socialist Coalition Of Students, Workers, Pablo Neruda, And Folk Singers, Led By The Brilliant Ideologue Allende Revolution And Counterrevolution Played Out In Graphic Detail, Moving The Small South American Nation To The Center Of The World Stage In The Dramatic Autumn OfNow The Rising Young Scholar Oscar Guardiola Rivera Gives Us A Tour De Force Account Of A Historical Crossroads, Tracing The Destiny Of Democracy, And The Paths Of Power, Money, And Violence That Still Shadow Latin America And Its Relations With The United States