The book analyses various crises in countries in past and contemporary times, and how they overcame those crises, by drawing similarities from the psychological crisis management theory for individuals e.g. Knowing the problem, accepting responsibility, outlining it, honest self-appraisal, ego strength (national identity), flexibility, patience, important values et c. Even though it was written with the US audience in mind, nevertheless an informative read. The author has quite effectively merged his personal experiences with the countries discussed along with his academic prowess.
I have been a great fan of Dismond having read avidly his other three books however in Upheaval, my faith has been shattered The Author has written this chapter about Chile to give clean chit to CIA in its complicity in toppling Allende govt. It is very well known that the coup was planned and executed by CIA . While the author minimises it to only”was aware of” the coup. Even after coup, CIA actively helped in rounding up of liberals and looked other way on torture and killing. All this has been brought out with devastating clarity in Costa Gavra’s “Missing” a truth Cinema It is pertinent that even CUA and US govt have not been as brazen as this author