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Pinochet: The Politics Of Power
Pinochet: The Politics Of Power
By Genaro Arriagada
Unwin Hyman, 1988, 196 pp
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An exceptionally well-informed and carefully presented analysis of how, in one of Latin America's best-established democracies, General Augusto Pinochet was able to impose a solidly entrenched military dictatorship; how and why the Pinochet regime endured so long; and why by the late 1980s the opposition realized that it would have to play by the dictator's own rules, however illegitimate, to have any chance of ending the regime. The author, a Christian Democratic political leader, successfully coordinated the campaign of the Chilean opposition to defeat Pinochet in the October 1988 plebiscite.