Alan McPherson presents Ghosts of Sheridan Circle.
On September 21, 1976, a car bomb killed Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean ambassador to the United States, along with his colleague Ronni Moffitt. The murder shocked the world, especially because of its setting--Sheridan Circle, in the heart of Washington, D.C. Letelier's widow and her allies immediately suspected the secret police of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who eliminated opponents around the world. Because U.S. political leaders saw the tyrant as a Cold War ally, they failed to warn him against assassinating Letelier and hesitated to blame him afterward. Government investigators and diplomats, however, pledged to find the killers, defying a monstrous, secretive regime. Was justice attainable? Finding out would take nearly two decades.
With interviews from three continents, never-before-used documents, and recently declassified sources that conclude that Pinochet himself ordered the hit and then covered it up, Alan McPherson has produced the definitive history of one of the Cold War's most consequential assassinations. The Letelier car bomb forever changed counterterrorism, human rights, and democracy. This page-turning real-life political thriller combines a police investigation, diplomatic intrigue, courtroom drama, and survivors' tales of sorrow and tenacity.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Alan McPherson is Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University, where he specializes in U.S.-Latin American relations. He has been a fellow at Harvard and twice a Fulbright Fellow. The author and editor of eleven books and dozens of articles, including his prize-winning Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations
and The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations
, he has often been a commentator of television, radio, and the Internet. He was born in California, grew up in Canada, lived all over Latin America, and now lives near Philadelphia.