Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir by Marc Cooper
If any lingering post-election doubts remain that the American government believes more in peace through democracy than power through capitalism, they can be alleviated with a reading of Marc Coopers Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir
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by Michael Gutierrez
Cooper, a contributing editor for The Nation and former translator to Chilean President Salvador Allende, chronicles his journey through Chile. Cooper begins with the CIA-backed military coup of Allendes democratically elected socialist government by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973 and follows through to Pinochets arrest in London for crimes against humanity in 1998. Along with the publication of Christopher Hitchens' "indictment" of Henry Kissinger in Harpers, we can reexamine the scariest parts of Americas pursuit of world power through free market ideology and the backing of terrorists by American intelligence agencies.