The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability - Peter Kornbluh September 11th not only resonates for Americans. On September 11, 1973 the presidential palace in Santiago, Chile was bombed killing the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. An attack conducted by the Chilean armed forces led by Augusto Pinochet.

But The Pinochet Files is not so much a history of Allende or Pinochet. It’s a U.S. history book. It’s a history of U.S. involvement in inciting, enabling and ultimately supporting the brutal military junta which replaced a democratically elected president. It’s a story of the CIA’s involvement and America’s realpolitik justification. It’s another chapter in the duplicitous history of U.S. foreign affairs which undermines our repeated empty rhetoric of moral action. It’s another reason why we earned the world’s contempt.

The full extent of CIA involvement is still debated which, since it’s an organization defined by obfuscation, must make it a difficult opponent. However, Kornbluh does an admirable job sifting through declassified, though redacted, documents to support his claims. Dozens of pages after each chapter shows his photocopied original sources. It makes for compelling arguments and distressing truths.