Story of a Death Foretold
The Coup Against Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973
By Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
(Bloomsbury Press, Hardcover, 9781608198962, 496pp.)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
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On September 11, 1973, 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 debate.
In 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 of 1973. Now 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.
"Fascinating… commendable for [its] originality and research." –Washington Post“A far-ranging, passionate look at a suddenly-important part of the world during a period of political turbulence… Guardiola-Rivera has produced one of the most comprehensive books on 20th-century Latin American politics.” –Publishers Weekly
“[An] excellent analysis of Chile on the brink… A fascinating tale of intrigue and tragedy.” –Library Journal “[Guardiola-Rivera] has an important story to tell, and, allowing for his political bias, he tells it well.” –Booklist