Mary Helen Spooner

The General's Slow Retreat: Chile After Pinochet

After losing a one-man plebiscite to extend his regime for another eight years, General Augusto Pinochet reluctantly turned the Chilean presidency over to an elected civilian. But he continued as army commander, and remnants of his power and authoritarian legacy would take decades to dismantle.
Even after his 1998 arrest in London on human rights charges he still managed to dodge judicial investigations into his record and illicit fortune.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
How Chile rebuilt its democracy under Pinochet's long shadow.
A devastating account of the rise and slow disintegration of a brutal dictatorship.

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