Another book review

It’s been four years since publication, but this blogger’s second book, The General’s Slow Retreat: Chile after Pinochet, has gotten a rather favorable review in Cambridge University’s journal, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History. An excerpt:

In The General’s Slow Retreat, Mary Helen Spooner reconstructs the private world of conflict, negotiation, and insecurity that marked the Chilean transition. Spooner takes her readers beyond the narratives produced for public consumption into the private meetings of military and civilian leaders, where deals were struck and positions that profoundly shaped the way forward for Chilean democracy were devised. Drawing on published interviews, news accounts, and memoirs as well as her remarkable access to dozens of key players—including presidents, senators, ministers, and military officials—Spooner has crafted a detailed and sophisticated account of Chile’s fragile transition, focusing with unfailing acuity on questions of Pinochet’s influence and the legacy of human rights abuses after the 1988 plebiscite.

More Chile news coverage

Newsweek has an admiring article on former president Michelle Bachelet in her role as head of UN Women:

Mother Jones has a not-admiring article on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s advocacy of Chile’s private pension system:

The Telegraph reports that rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena has entered a treatment program for alcoholism:

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article on pastel de choclo, a must-eat dish for anyone visiting Chile: