The Chilean military coup d'état against Salvador Allende in 1973 has received much attention from the academic community. Numerous scholars have tried to explain the violent coup, focusing generally on the political crisis, the political parties, the violence in the streets, the support by the United States, or the internal errors of the Allende administration. Surprisingly, there is still a lack of information about the main actor of the Chilean drama in 1973: the armed forces. John Bawden's book aims to correct this paucity of historical knowledge. He analyzes the generation of Chilean officers born between 1915 and 1925, and he examines historical episodes in twentieth-century Chile from the perspective of these soldiers. He argues that the nature of the Augusto Pinochet regime cannot be separated from the culture and traditions that the officers inherited. This is a new and very important...

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