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Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Revolutionary Lives)

Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Revolutionary Lives)

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Publication Date: August 14th, 2013
Pluto Press
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This is a political biography of one of the 20th century’s most emblematic left-wing figures - Salvador Allende, who was president of Chile until he was ousted by General Pinochet in a US-supported coup in 1973.

Victor Figueroa Clark guides us through Allende's life and political project, answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Was he a revolutionary or a reformist? A bureaucrat or inspirational democrat? Clark argues that Allende and the Popular Unity Party created a unique fusion which was both revolutionary and democratic.

The process led by Allende was a symbol of hope for the left during his short time in power. Forty years on, and with left governments back in power across Latin America, this book looks back at the man and the process in order to draw vital lessons for the left in Latin America and around the world today.

About the Author

Victor Figueroa Clark lectures at the London School of Economics and is the editor of His previous works include a history of the Chilean volunteers who fought for the Sandinistas.

Praise for Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Revolutionary Lives)

"This is a much-needed account of Allende's life, showing the consistency of his political project and arguing persuasively that he was always at heart a revolutionary. Figueroa Clark's study shows the relevance of the Chilean experience to current developments in several Latin American nations which have proclaimed '21st Century Socialism' as their goal." - Diana Raby, Senior Fellow, University of Liverpool

"Figueroa-Clark provides an excellent book on a very interesting Latin American political figure that deserves to be recuperated." - Jorge Arrate, economic adviser and Minister for Mining under Salvador Allende