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Author Gustafson, Kristian, 1974-

Title Hostile intent : U.S. covert operations in Chile, 1964-1974 / Kristian Gustafson
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Chronology -- Introduction: The CIA in Chile -- The campaign begins : Chile's 1964 presidential election -- Supporting the moderates : the 1969 congressional election -- Last minute scramble : Track I efforts to avert an Allende presidency -- The dangerous second track : the assassination of General Schneider -- Watching history unfold : dealing with President Allende -- The CIA and ITT : the agency response to corporate interest -- The campaign ends : the fall of the Allende government -- Coda : post-coup operations -- Conclusion: The Chilean campaign in perspective -- Appendix: Glossary and dramatis personae
Summary "Kristian Gustafson's Hostile Intent reexamines one of the most controversial chapters in U.S. intelligence history, the Central Intelligence Agency's covert operations in Chile from 1964 to 1974. At the request of successive U.S. presidents, the CIA in conjunction with the State Department and the Defense Intelligence Agency first acted to prevent Chilean socialist Salvador Allende from becoming the democratically elected president of his country and then tried to undermine his government once he was in office. Allende's government eventually fell in a bloody military coup on September 11, 1973. President Richard Nixon's administration and corporate interests were not sorry to see him go, but did U.S. covert operations actually play a decisive role in Allende's downfall? The declassification of thousands of U.S. government documents over the last several years demands that historians take a new look." "Since 1973, most observers have maintained that U.S. machinations were responsible for the success of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's coup that forced Allende's fall and suicide. This assessment has been based on a thin documentary record of U.S. activity, the myth of an all-powerful CIA. and the CIA's checkered history of covert action in Latin America. However. Gustafson convincingly shows that the conventional wisdom about the impact of U.S. actions is badly flawed. His meticulous research is based upon an intensive examination of previously unavailable documents as well as interviews with key figures. Hostile Intent is the most comprehensive account to date of U.S. involvement in Chile, and its provocative reinterpretation of this involvement will shape all future debates."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-302) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Allende Gossens, Salvador, 1908-1973.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Espionage, American -- Chile.
Subversive activities -- Chile.
Chile -- History -- Coup d'état, 1973.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612343597 (electronic bk.)
9781612343594 (electronic bk.)