Brilliantly written by Hugh O'Shaughnessy, a journalist from The Guardian, this is a step by step history of the life of Pinochet, from his childhood in Valparaise to his arrest in the UK in 1998. We learn a lot about the facts of life that turned a yound Catholic boy into such a feared dictator, capable of the most horrid acts of torture. The book also acts as an amazing eye-opener as we discover the extent to which people like Thatcher and the Conservative party (as well as some of Blair's men) were reluctant to have Pinochet arrested for war crimes. The book provides incredible description and fascinating accounts of the world's first international arrest (of a dictator from Peru, under arrest for torturing Spanish civilians and arrested in the UK). I highly recommend it to all.