Operation Condor: Background information when reading Hades, Argentina

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Hades, Argentina

by Daniel Loedel

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Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel
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    Jan 2021, 304 pages
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Operation Condor

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Black and white photo of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in military regaliaThe action in Daniel Loedel's debut novel, Hades, Argentina, is propelled by a clandestine South American military campaign known as Operation Condor.

Operation Condor's roots can be traced back to the mid-1960s, when Che Guevara left Cuba to spread socialist doctrine throughout South America, advocating the violent overthrow of the continent's corrupt, U.S.-backed anti-communist dictatorships. Although Guevara was killed in Bolivia in 1967, his ideas had gained a foothold, resulting in a period of unrest. Across the continent, dictators were replaced by socialist-leaning leaders, some via coup, some through democratic election. The U.S. government wished to prevent the spread of communism (and was not scrupulous about differentiating between communism and socialism — both were considered threats to the American way of life), and responded by funneling money, weapons and other support to anti-communist forces within the South American countries. In the 1970s, there were ...

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