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The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet

 
 
 
 
The Dictator's Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet
Author: Heraldo Munoz
ISBN 13: 9780465002504
ISBN 10: 465002501
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2008-09-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 376
List Price: $35.00
 
 

A gripping memoir of life in Chile under Augusto Pinochet, the horrors perpetrated by his regime, and what it took to overthrow him.

The Washington Post - Joshua Partlow

…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 specificity—names and dates, weapon calibers, entry wound locations, torturers' techniques—has 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.