The Condor Years

How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents

The headline-grabbing story of the covert, international “anti-terrorist” network responsible for South America’s worst human rights abuses

“Reads like an exciting spy novel, but reports on the real-life activities of Latin American dictatorships to silence their critics, including assassinations. I read the book with special interest, since I was one of the intended victims.” —Edward Koch, former New York City Mayor

Throughout the 1970s, six Latin American governments led by Chile formed a military alliance called Operation Condor to carry out kidnappings, torture, and political assassinations across three continents. It was an early “war on terror” initially encouraged by the CIA which later backfired on the United States.

Hailed by Foreign Affairs as “remarkable” and “a major contribution to the historical record,” The Condor Years uncovers the unsettling facts about the secret U.S. relationship with the dictators who created this terrorist organization. Written by award-winning journalist John Dinges and newly updated to include recent developments in the prosecution of Pinochet, the book is a chilling but dispassionately told history of one of Latin America’s darkest eras. Dinges, himself interrogated in a Chilean torture camp, interviewed participants on both sides and examined thousands of previously secret documents to take the reader inside this underground world of military operatives and diplomats, right-wing spies and left-wing revolutionaries.

Praise

“Scrupulous, well-documented and indignant.”
The Washington Post
“Touch[es] directly upon issues at the center of today’s debate over U.S. foreign policy—like secrecy in the name of national security.”
The Nation
“Goes a long way toward bringing the truths of that dark time into the light.”
San Francisco Chronicle