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Pinochet And Me

Pinochet And Me

by Marc CooperMarc Cooper


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The earthshaking news of October 1998 that General Pinochet had been arrested in Britain unleashed two years of international interest in the case and its ramifications for traveling tyrants the world over. But even after the General’s return home, the media has ignored the more important story of how his detention lifted a stranglehold that had suffocated Chile’s moral sensibility for a generation.

Award-winning journalist Marc Cooper was a translator to President Allende until the coup of 1973. In this reflection on Chile and the role it has played in his life, he reconstructs the tense atmosphere of the final days of the Allende government, including his hiding and subsequent evacuation under armed UN protection. Twenty-five years later he returns and recounts, in vivid street-level reporting, a country that is a democracy in name only and a society that has been transfigured by one of the most radical, armed capitalist revolutions of our time. Yet, he argues, spasms of protest that seemed like the last rattle of the snake may still presage the crumbling of Chile’s status quo as its people emerge from the long night of reaction to the cry of “Adios General!”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859843604
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 06/17/2002
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 424,905
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Marc Cooper was a translator for President Salvador Allende at the time of the Chilean coup in 1973. His journalism has appeared in publications that include the New Yorker, Harper’s and Rolling Stone. He is currently a contributing editor of the Nation magazine, and is the author of Roll Over Che Guevara: Travels of a Radical Reporter and Pinochet and Me.

Table of Contents

Preface: Homage to Santiagoix
Prelude: "My Name is Pinochet" November-December 19711
Omen: Allende's Dilemma July 197317
Deluge: Chronicle of a Death Postponed September 197331
Aftermath: Perpetual Night December 197555
Resistance: Streets of Fire September 198371
Illusion: a Transvestite Democracy January-March 199882
Resurrection: Adios General! December 1999-September 2000111

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