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Chile, the CIA and the Cold WarA Transatlantic Perspective$
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James Lockhart

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435611

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435611.001.0001

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Jefe de la Plaza: The Rise of Augusto Pinochet

Jefe de la Plaza: The Rise of Augusto Pinochet

(p.233) 9 Jefe de la Plaza: The Rise of Augusto Pinochet
Chile, the CIA and the Cold War

James Lockhart

Edinburgh University Press

This culminating chapter examines the rise of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, an anticommunist officer who became dictator of Chile from 1973 to 1990. It assesses the coup that overthrew the Allende administration in five parts: Allende's politics, the professional officer corps' politics, the relationship between the professional officer corps and their senior commanders, Pinochet's decision to commit to the coup, and the involvement of foreign military and intelligence services, including the CIA and KGB.

Keywords:   Confederación Democrática (CODE), Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), Tanquetazo, Primera Zona Naval (PRIZONA), José Toribio Merino, Plan Cochayuyo, Gustavo Leigh

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