The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet (Hardcover)

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Augusto Pinochet was the most important Third World dictator of the Cold War, and perhaps the most ruthless. In "The Dictator's Shadow," United Nations Ambassador Heraldo Munoz takes advantage of his unmatched set of perspectivesas a former revolutionary who fought the Pinochet regime, as a respected scholar, and as a diplomatto tell what this extraordinary figure meant to Chile, the United States, and the world.

Pinochet's American backers saw his regime as a bulwark against Communism; his nation was a testing ground for U.S.-inspired economic theories. Countries desiring World Bank support were told to emulate Pinochet's free-market policies, and Chile's government pension even inspired President George W. Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. The other baggagethe assassinations, tortures, people thrown out of airplanes, mass murders of political prisonerswas simply the price to be paid for building a modern state. But the questions raised by Pinochet's rule still remain: Are such dictators somehow necessary?

Horrifying but also inspiring, "The Dictator's Shadow" is a unique tale of how geopolitical rivalries can profoundly affect everyday life.

About the Author


Ambassador Heraldo Munoz was Deputy Foreign Minister of Chile in 20002002 and Minister Secretary General in 20022003 at La Moneda Presidential Palace before assuming his present post as ambassador to the U.N., where he has served as President of the Security Council. The author of several scholarly books, he is frequently quoted on international issues by the "New York Times," "Washington Post," "Financial Times," and other journals. He lives in New York City."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465002504
ISBN-10: 0465002501
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2008
Pages: 345
Language: English