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Allende and Chile… any good book recommendations? October 17, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, The Left.
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Every year I try to focus on a specific topic and read as widely as possible on it. I’m now on to Allende and Chile (with – believe it or not – some side reading on the Nixon administration). Any recommendations on books that are good on that period, particularly experience of the government, and the years leading up to the government?

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1. Starkadder - October 17, 2014

How about “A Nation of Enemies: Child Under Pinochet” by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela?

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/20/books/in-the-time-of-the-general.html

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WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2014

Thanks a million, I’ll go searching.

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2. Ed - October 17, 2014

‘Pinochet in Piccadilly’ by Andy Beckett was very good – riffing off the Pinochet trial and house arrest in the late 90s, has a lot of good stuff about relations between Britain and Chile; the best parts are about the way Pinochet inspired much of the British right in the 70s and 80s, the embryonic preparations for a coup in the event of someone like Benn coming to power, that sort of thing. Also very readable.

And this is well worth a read too:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/miliband/1973/10/chile.htm

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WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2014

I’ve read the Beckett book and really enjoyed it (if that’s the right word)….

That looks good, thanks for the link.

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3. Michael Carley - October 17, 2014

Try Ariel Dorfman, especially Exorcizing Terror.

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4. ar scáth a chéile - October 18, 2014

Pluto Books series Revolutionary Lives includes “Salvador Allende
Revolutionary Democrat” by Victor Figueroa Clark 9 (2013) and it’s useful, especially on the earlier phases of his career.

I’m 100 pages through another recent one on Allende:” Story of a Death Foretold by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.” It got a good review in the Guardian; to me so far it seems impressionistic and overwritten or stilted in places – dont think author is a native English speaker but it’s definitely worth a look.

“Allende’s Chile: An Inside View” by Edward Boorstein 1977 is a no nonsense account by a leftist economist who worked for the Allende government

And dont forget Guzman’s Battle of Chile 1-3 is on YouTube now with English subtitles – essential viewing – as well as Guzman’s other films

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5. Jim Monaghan - October 18, 2014

http://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/allende-cuba-and-world-socialism-1970-73/ I think I have a book or two
on it. Will look
At least there were a few refugees in Ireland. One MIRista in Shannon. http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofchile/a/09ChileMIR.htm

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6. Jim Monaghan - October 18, 2014

Not a bad overview by an USA marxist who is very good http://kasamaproject.org/threads/entry/chile-s-movement-of-the-revolutionary-left

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7. Jim Monaghan - October 18, 2014

I used to follow this guys articles, one here https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/isr/vol25/no03/vitale.htm

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