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

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, The Left.

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?


1. Starkadder - October 17, 2014

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



WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2014

Thanks a million, I’ll go searching.


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:



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.


3. Michael Carley - October 17, 2014

Try Ariel Dorfman, especially Exorcizing Terror.


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


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


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


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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