A snapshot of efforts to thwart Allende

In the 1960s through 1970, the CIA was engaged in several covert efforts to try to block perennial Marxist presidential candidate Salvador Allende from becoming president. During part of this period, including the crucial 1970 presidential election, our protagonist Henry Hecksher was station chief in Santiago. "The overwhelming objective -- firmly rooted in the policy … Continue reading A snapshot of efforts to thwart Allende

A story told briefly at death

Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death

Before the beginning: How a botched kidnapping of a general led me to this project

Before I became interested in the CIA officer at the center of this project, I had planned to tell the story of another man whose life intersected with that of our protagonist. That other man was General Rene Schneider, the commander-in-chief of Chile's military at the time that Salvador Allende won a plurality in that … Continue reading Before the beginning: How a botched kidnapping of a general led me to this project