The Dictator's Shadow

The Dictator's Shadow

Life Under Augusto Pinochet

eBook - 2008
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A gripping memoir of life in Chile under Augusto Pinochet, the horrors perpetrated by his regime, and what it took to overthrow him.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2008
ISBN: 9780786726042
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 345 pages, [16] pages) : illustrations, portraits
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Sep 28, 2015

The verbiage in the description is utterly chilling: // The other baggage--the assassinations, tortures, people thrown out of airplanes, mass murders of political prisoners--was simply the price to be paid for building a modern state. But the questions raised by Pinochet's rule still remain: Are such dictators somehow necessary? \\ The types of death-by-torture [there were specialized torture centers with horrendously varying tortures] were beyond imagining - - and by a modern state, the sociopath means a Milton Friedmanesque looney tunes economy for the oligarchs. Thousands tortured to death, and many disappeared by being flown out to sea by helicoper, having their stomachs first slit open so their bodies wouldn't float, then tossed out to drown or be eaten by the sharks! A somewhat understated book of horror. [FYI: The economy was taking off under Salvador Allende, something too many psychos fail to mention, plus President Allende's adoption of the first peer-to-peer network [Project Cybersyn by Stanford Beer et al.] to connect sectors of their economy!]

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