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Chile At the Turning Point: Lessons of the Socialist Years, 1970-1973

Chile At the Turning Point: Lessons of the Socialist Years, 1970-1973

Edited by Federico G. Gil, Ricardo Lago E., and Henry A. Lan

Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1979, 480 pp.

The twenty essays assembled here, generally dispassionate and comfortably free of jargon, address two questions: is the political road to socialism viable, or can political rules be followed only when they aren't used to change the system? Was the 1973 coup inevitable, on the theory that bureaucratic/authoritarian regimes arise from the rigidity of social structures?