As a memoirist, a Chilean diplomat takes off the white gloves

Heraldo Munoz weighed a dilemma when he sat down to write about his past, which included slinking through Santiago, Chile, with unstable sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest, girding for the insurrection that never materialized against the infamous 1973 military coup. In the ensuing decades, after all, Muñoz had become not only Chile’s permanent representative to the United Nations, but also the head of a Security Council antiterrorism committee.

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