A gripping memoir of life in Chile under Augusto Pinochet, the horrors perpetrated by his regime, and what it took to overthrow him.
…anger, verging on disgust, toward Pinochet is the driving force in Munoz's meticulous and vivid new book, The Dictator's Shadow. He calls it a "political memoir," but it reads more as a compendium of crimes, whose specificitynames and dates, weapon calibers, entry wound locations, torturers' techniqueshas a prosecutorial flavor, as if Munoz seeks to secure the conviction that Pinochet, who died in December 2006, successfully avoided during his lifetime…Munoz's memoir is part of a long, collective effort to uncover what the dictator and his henchmen buried in secrecy, fear and blood; in that sense, this book is a contribution to Chile's healing process. It can be slow reading, particularly when the author dwells on the minutiae of opposition politics, the endless meetings and internal disputes. But Munoz delivers a compelling, personal account of life in a police state and a strong reminder of how far Chile has come.