Story of A Death Foretold
The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 9/11/73Book - 2013
This searing historical account of the short rise and fall of President Salvador Allende, who died of gunshot wounds on September 11, 1973, traces the destiny of democracy and the paths of power, money and violence that still shadow Latin America and its relations with the United States.
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.
On the fortieth anniversary of revolution and rebellion in Chile, a searching history of the rise and fall of the world's first and only democratically elected Marxist president.
With the marriage of military force and money in Chile in the early eighteenth century thanks to the powerful Lord Cochrane, the stage was set for a burgeoning of socioeconomic inequality that led, ultimately, to the election of Marxist President Salvador Allende in 1970, and, inexorably, to the coup and his death, stage-managed by the US (commerce and politics) and the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet. Thirteen chapters are divided into three parts: precedents and causes; the coup; aftermath and consequences. Guardiola-Rivera introduces the “political cobblers,” the people they inspired, and describes the Sixties’ and Seventies’ Zeitgeist. Part two delineates the leadership of la via chilena (the Chilean Way) in the context of foreign interests and local power, and the circumstances leading up to and including September 11, 1973. Part three covers what came after, including the political activities of Chilean youth between 2011 and 2013. There are notes, references, and illustrations. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Presents an account of the short rise and fall of President Salvador Allende, who died of gunshot wounds on September 11, 1973, following the military coup that deposed him.