Missing, The Execution of Charles Horman

Missing The Execution of Charles Horman Missing is a true story In retelling it writer Thomas Hauser did not need to novelize it Using the facts alone the book unfolds with the breathtaking suspense and intrigue of a fully imagined politi

  • Title: Missing, The Execution of Charles Horman
  • Author: Thomas Hauser
  • ISBN: 9780380490981
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Missing is a true story In retelling it, writer Thomas Hauser did not need to novelize it Using the facts alone, the book unfolds with the breathtaking suspense and intrigue of a fully imagined political thriller Missing explores the fate of a young American journalist named Charles Horman who, living in Chile in 1973 just before the overthrow of the country s Marxist pMissing is a true story In retelling it, writer Thomas Hauser did not need to novelize it Using the facts alone, the book unfolds with the breathtaking suspense and intrigue of a fully imagined political thriller Missing explores the fate of a young American journalist named Charles Horman who, living in Chile in 1973 just before the overthrow of the country s Marxist president Salvatore Allende, discovered evidence of the United States involvement in an impending right wing coup to overthrow Allende The story takes on a new significance now, as the now aged general who overthrew the Allende regime, Augusto Pinochet, is facing punishment for his actions What makes the story of Missing so frightening and horrifying is that Horman was arrested by Chilean soldiers and never again seen alive by his family American operatives, it seems, had a hand in his brutal murder.Charles Horman was an American, a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker who had traveled to Chile in the early 1970s to explore a country undergoing significant changes under its Marxist president, Salvatore Allende In the course of his research he seems to have uncovered information about CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow Allende The coup took place, with Gen Augusto Pinochet taking over as dictator and ordering the mass arrest of thousands of dissidents and suspected opponents Charles Horman was one of these people, dragged from his home as the American embassy refused him help His wife Joyce, who was with him in Chile, and his family never saw him alive again Chilean security police murdered him, though they never admitted it Horman s father, Ed, a patriotic American businessman, traveled to Santiago, where officials of the American embassy, led by the ambassador himself, offered to help him search for the son he believed had simply disappeared.

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    1. Thomas Hauser b 1946 is the author of forty two books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Award winning film Muhammad Ali His Life and Times earned numerous awards for its author, including the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.

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    1. I decided to read this when I became curious about the Allende Pinochet coup in Chile while reading Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power Having not lived through the 60s and 70s, it was easy to be swept away in the depersonalized, strategic geopolitics, and Missing was a perfect antidote The first half of the book was the literary equivalent of an episode of Locked Up Abroad You read through the events, knowing the outcome, a sense of dread building The second half or so is an attempt to bring [...]


    2. I really think everyone should read this book I happened to see the movie again yesterday after x amount of years when it came out, actually and remembered that I had the book I grabbed it up immediately and started it this morning and read it out in the sun for most of the day Did I get anything accomplished today No But it was all worth it.The action takes place in 1973, and you know, I was about 16 at that time so all of the news about the military coup in Chile and the news about the disappe [...]


    3. This was a book that had come to my bookshelf via research for my senior thesis on the coup in Chile in 1973 As a result of a TON of CIA documents that had recently become available thanks Freedom of Information Act , this book got pushed to the side Now, reading it mostly for the first time , I am very impressed Written in 1978, there was TONS of info being pushed under the carpet, including the disappearance of a young American These things were still being pushed under the carpet in 2003 and [...]


    4. Along with providing the details of the lead up to and many components of the military coup in Chile in 1973, the book fully engages the daily, real world struggle of one US family as it seeks to find out the status of their missing loved one This is very gripping Not only do you witness the family s struggle, but also the US military personnel as they manage the realities of post coup life, especially in these early days The images are heart jerking So much is told, but you really want to know [...]


    5. Me averg enza decir que antes de leer este libro no ten a ni idea de la pol tica de Salvador Allende ni de en qu consisti el golpe de Estado de Pinochet Los espa oles deber amos conocer la historia de Am rica latina con m s raz n que la de otros pa ses europeos Este libro me ha abierto los ojos a una realidad que me era desconocida Nunca hab a o do hablar de Charles Horman ni del calvario que pas su familia hasta que consigui enterrar su cad ver Este libro hace un buen trabajo explicando la hist [...]


    6. This book traces the events surrounding the execution of Charles Horman, an American in Chile during the 73 coup Horman was kidnapped and killed because he inadvertently discovered that American forces like the CIA, and the Southern Command, were involved in overthrowing the democratically elected Marxist Allente In large part it describes how the Santiago American Embassy was working against Americans who were somewhat liberal This book was censored in US and Canada for five years while Iran Co [...]


    7. I was disappointed with this Hauser has wrote a lot of very good boxing related stuff, including what is probably the definitive Muhammad Ali biography and I think the cia sponsored shenanigans that went on in Chile is an interesting and to most people unknown chapter of history so I had high hopes for this book, not that it was bad, I just expected .



    8. I have read this book many, many times It s fascinating and tragic and enraging both for the story itself and what was done to the book for daring to tell it.


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