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Jan 10Liked by Kulak

I didn’t realise how much I want these books until I realised how much “they” don’t want us to have them. Now I really really want them.

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Jan 10Liked by Kulak

My girlfriend just found volume 2 in paperback for sale online, from a seller in France. She bought it 😏

We’ll see if we actually get it!

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Jan 10Liked by Kulak

I loathe Pinochet but that’s actually a good reason to read his account. It would be useful for anyone interested in history, even - or maybe especially - his enemies. Chile was an extremely interesting place during this period. Pinochet is a poster boy for the notion - following US practice in Vietnam and Cambodia - that you can murder an idea by murdering the people who carry it. I doubt he admits that, but his justifications might be interesting. He did have half the Chilean people behind him, because the Allende period was very chaotic. Most of the middle classes as well as the upper classes did not want to see the country turn into Cuba. While I completely and utterly disagree with Pinochet’s methods, the story that the Allende period was some kind of socialist paradise is grossly incorrect. As always, the real story is far more subtle than ideologues on any side want to believe. That’s why we must be able to examine all sources, and look at all points of view. (As an aside, I have trouble believing this work isn’t widely available in Spanish. Correct me if I’m wrong.)

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Amazing what one can learn from these autobiographies. I have Ian Smith's book, which is illuminating. Still available but it costs an arm and a leg, no doubt because it wasn't much of a blockbuster.

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Streisand Effect.

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i am genuinely curious if anyone finds a copy

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Someone should buy a copy and send it to Bob Dylan. Maybe his next album will feature the joy of dropping people out of helicopters.

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There are a number in the US: https://search.worldcat.org/title/25218223

Notably, Pitt has volume 2 for check out:

https://pitt.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01PITT_INST/1sjtb5p/alma9913979163406236

Hathitrust has also digitized, but it is locked down but searchable. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=txu.059172119032797

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Did you find it?

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Kulak, you seem to have made a daily reader of Jim. He's over there talking about this book and getting his commenters on the hunt for it.

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