On September 11th, 1973, Augusto Pinochet assumed power in Chile by overthrowing the democratically elected socialist government of President Salvador Allende – starting his controversial 17-years of rule. While many leftists point to the clear human rights abuses which occurred under Pinochet, they often omit the equally relevant backstory, the Chilean economic miracle, and the surprising willingness of Pinochet to give up power and transition the country back to democracy. What is the untold story of Augusto Pinochet?
Axel Kaiser is executive director of Fundacion Para el Progreso and the author of Interventionism and Misery: 1929-2008 and El Engaño Populista.
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