Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat

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Pluto Press, Aug 13, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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This is a political biography of one of the 20th Century's most emblematic left-wing figures - Salvador Allende, who was president of Chile until he was ousted by General Pinochet in a US-supported coup in 1973.

Victor Figueroa Clark guides us through Allende's life and political project, answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Was he a revolutionary or a reformist? A bureaucrat or inspirational democrat? Clark argues that Allende and the Popular Unity process he led were a symbol of hope for the left during their short time in power.

Forty years on, and with left-wing governments in power across Latin America, this book looks back at the man and the process in order to draw vital lessons for the left in Latin America and around the world today.

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Victor Figueroa Clark lectures at the London School of Economics and is the editor of His previous works include a history of the Chilean volunteers who fought for the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN).

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