The Southern Tiger by Ricardo Lagos
Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future

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Former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos provides a fascinating glimpse inside his country's meteoric rise on the world stage. A leader in the underground resistance movement against Augusto Pinochet and his Dirty War, Ricardo Lagos burst onto the national stage in 1988 when he gave a speech denouncing the dictator, the first of its kind. Revolution soon followed, as Chileans took to the streets to oust a criminal despot and pave the way for democracy. In The Southern Tiger, Lagos chronicles Chile's journey from terror and repression to a thriving open society, and from crushing poverty to one of the wealthiest nations in Latin America. His thrilling stories of surviving Chile's political prisons, standing up to President George W. Bush over the war in Iraq, and rebuilding Chile's education system demonstrate why President Obama recently called Chile 'a model for the region and the world.' As citizens across the globe rise up to demand more from their governments, The Southern Tiger is an inspiring story of political and economic rebirth in the wake of fear.


 

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Ricardo Lagos was president of Chile from 2000 to 2006, and the former UN special envoy for climate change. He has been profiled in media worldwide, including the BBC and The New York Times, and he has spoken at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, the London School of Economics, the International Monetary Fund, and Citibank. He is also cochair of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington and an editorial board memberof Americas Quarterly. Currently a professor at large at Brown University, he lives in Santiago, Chile.Blake Hounshell and Elizabeth Dickinson are the managing editors of Foreign Policy magazine. They live in New York City.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author was a protégé and colleague of Salvador Allende, the socialist president of Chile who was just three years into his term when a CIA-backed coup led by Pinochet precipitated Allende’s suicide during the storming of the presidential palace in 1973.

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Lagos, president of Chile from 2000 to 2006, teams up with the managing editors of Foreign Policy magazine to describe his landmark role in Chile’s remarkable struggle to overthrow Pinochet’s military junta and become a thriving democracy.

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