Story of a Death Foretold

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.Story of a Death Foretold

Oscar Guardiola Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, University of London He also served as an aide to the Colombian Congress, as a consultant for a unit of the United Nations in the region, taught and lectured in law, philosophy, and politics in three continents He helped to found a think tank still active in Colombia, dealing with Human Rights, policy

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Story of a Death Foretold
  • Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
  • English
  • 10 September 2018
  • 9781608198962

10 thoughts on “Story of a Death Foretold

  1. says:

    Colombian journalist Guardiola Rivera has written the first full history of Chile s coup in English He covers Chile s history back to early 20th century showing how a coalition of Mapuche Indians, copper miners and youth set up Allende s election win in 1970 What is also clear is that this win was doomed A program of sabotage started within the Chilean military and funded by the CIA began immediately The hatred of Allende s program wasn t merely political for those on the right it was also a fear of losing traditions set by the Catholic church This is why G R believes the campaign of torture and execution after 1973 was so severe There is some left wing axe grinding in here and quite a bit of discussion about whether it s possible to get social or economic justice with the system of laws in place G R is not clear on the age old question was Allende shot or did he kill himself At one point he mocks the idea Allende would have killed himself but says Patricio Guijon the first person ...

  2. says:

    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 ...

  3. says:

    Incredibly interesting, but oh so much superfluous info could ve been half as long.

  4. says:

    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 th...

  5. says:

    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 ...

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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...

  8. says:

    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 civ...

  9. says:

    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 in...

  10. says:

    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 s...

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