Pamela Constable, Arturo Valenzuela
That rarest of beasts - a book about the Chilean revolution and its aftermath that is tainted with neither right or left wing vitriol. Pamela Constable, Arturo Valenzuela have managed to come up with a remarkable balanced account of the years from late 1972 when Chilean and CIA plotters schemed to rid the nation of
the Marxist President Salvatore Allende up to the 1988 election that saw the (center) left back in power. Balanced it may be but that does not mean it lacks passion. The authors remain appalled at the excesses of the state secret police and saddened by the perpetual stream of liberals forced to flee their own country for exile in Europe, and at the same time they salute the achievements of the 'Chicago Boys',
those cleanliving free market idealists who turned Chile from an also ran into the economic powerhouse of South America. The book also challenges the conventional view of the man at the center of the coup, Augusto Pinochet, painting him as a man more led than leading.