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5.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read
This isn't your usual book on historical events, the author links far more than just dates and names but explores the very ideology that both America and the ruling class in Chile tried to destroy. Allende was/is far more than just another victim of a coup but he comes across as a vital, engaging human being who looked to change a society. If you are expecting a...
Published 18 months ago by A voice in the dark

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, turgid account
Having read a glowing account of this book elsewhere (the London Review of Books?), I really wanted to like it, but it's written in such an impenetrable style that it was impossible to like or even to read great swathes of it. What I was expecting was a detailed account of the events leading up to the coup against Allende, of the coup itself and its aftermath. This may be...
Published 6 months ago by Richard Carter


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read, 12 Oct. 2013
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This isn't your usual book on historical events, the author links far more than just dates and names but explores the very ideology that both America and the ruling class in Chile tried to destroy. Allende was/is far more than just another victim of a coup but he comes across as a vital, engaging human being who looked to change a society. If you are expecting a traditional approach to exploring historical events then you will be disappointed, however if you want more than just a series of dates then this book is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, turgid account, 27 Sept. 2014
Having read a glowing account of this book elsewhere (the London Review of Books?), I really wanted to like it, but it's written in such an impenetrable style that it was impossible to like or even to read great swathes of it. What I was expecting was a detailed account of the events leading up to the coup against Allende, of the coup itself and its aftermath. This may be buried in Guardiola-Rivera's prose but if it is, I couldn't find it. There's so much philosophical waffle included to obscure the account, and I have to say I thought the book was pretty poor.

One point that's been mentioned elsewhere is the somewhat tin-eared use of English (it was written by Guardiola-Rivera in English rather than being a translation); my favourite is the title of Chapter 1: "Outlaws and Political Cobblers." Actually, I think this is a bit more accurate than the author would have liked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flabby!, 8 Nov. 2014
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Hard work indeed. This is a book that clearly supports the idea that Nixon and Kissinger were total bastards. Furthermore, that Socialism and Democracy worked under Allende. However, it is so flabby! Could have been half the length and a better read as a result.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I recommend that you do not buy this book, 13 Jan. 2015
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I recommend that you do not buy this book.

I did. I was looking forward to an interesting account of an historically important event.

Instead about half of this book features turgid and dense discussion of Chilean history stretching back to the 1800s coupled with tedious analysis of various competing philosophies. Only a willing product of modern academia could transform a story so fascinating and heroic into such a boring book.

Those interested in this subject are - in my opinion - far better advised to read the relevant chapters of Christopher Hitchens' "The Trial of Henry Kissinger".

Amazon delivered this book to me on schedule and in excellent condition.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read, 6 Nov. 2014
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An interesting and important story and, probably, well told in its original language. However the translation is apalling and makes what should be a good read a very difficult slog. Both my husband and I are well used to reading dense and academic texts but even we struggled to get through this. The opening chapters are unfortunately the worst so one gets a bad impression from the outset.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 27 Feb. 2015
It takes a long fine to get going. There is too much theoretical digressions. Only the parts leading up to the coup, how the coup unfolded and some actions undertaken by pinochet post-1973 get to the matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 Mar. 2015
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I found this book extremely easy to follow and full of insights into dirty political/capitalist machinations which leave a bad taste in the mouth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery, 11 Sept. 2014
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