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The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet Hardcover – Sep 1 2008

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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465002501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465002504
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's reign (1973–1990) still resonates for its brutality and its role in pioneering controversial free-market development policies. This thoughtful retrospective explores that history from a unique perspective. Muñoz, an official in the Allende government overthrown by Pinochet in 1973, found himself vainly confronting the coup with a revolver and a fistful of dynamite, dodging arrest while friends disappeared into the junta's dungeons. In the 1980s he became a leader of the moderate left opposition. His first-hand account of the political movement that, with crucial help from abroad, forced Pinochet from power in 1990, is both shrewd and inspiring. Muñoz, who is now Chile's ambassador to the U.N., is measured in his condemnation of the dictatorship and cognizant of the unstable political environment that formed it. He gives the regime's economic program mixed reviews, on the one hand crediting it with reinvigorating Chile's economy while admitting that it has left most Chileans worse off. He paints Pinochet as a complex character—a canny operator, a man of limited intellect and an ideological lightning rod. Combining sharp historical analysis with telling personal recollections, this is an excellent assessment of a tyrant and his legacy. Photos. (Sept.)
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"Kirkus," June 17, 2008
"The narrative seethes with palpable tension, as Munoz shows Chile's citizens desperately hoping for an existence free from fear. The author's shrewd insights into international relations, national politics and human nature make this a valuable text even for readers who have rarely thought about Chile."

"Washington Post"
"Munoz delivers a compelling, personal account of life in a police state and a strong reminder of how far Chile has come."

"The Daily Beast"
"A gripping first-person account of the 9/11/73 fascist revolution of Augusto Pinochet in Chile."

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Emilia Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 starsAn opposition narrative told by someone who stayed in the country during most of the dictatorship
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