James R. Whelan

James R. Whelan’s books include Out of the Ashes: Life, Death and Transfiguration of Democracy in Chile, 1833-1988. He has reported on the country since 1958, and served 1992-1995 as visiting professor at the University of Chile. He presently lives in Santiago.

The Last Chilean Myth


Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s press briefing, President Obama said of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, “I’m very much looked forward to seeing President Bachelet. I think she’s one of the finest leaders in Latin America, very capable person…. And I will be looking at President Bachelet giving us further advice, in terms of how we can […]

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Consolidating Castro


The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965 By Don Bohning (Potomac Books, 307 pages, $29.95) Don Bohning is an old-fashioned reporter. That doesn’t mean he is without opinions or biases, and maybe even a prejudice or two. But it does mean that in his long years as a successful reporter — mainly for […]

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