Painful Birth

How Chile Became a Free and Prosperous Society


Painful Birth is the astounding story of how Chile narrowly escaped becoming a Leninist/Stalinist slave state in the early 1970s and over a relatively short historic period was transformed into the near paragon of freedom and prosperity that it is today. The book not only narrates the events but also explains the economic policies, institutional transformation, and ideological change involved. Painful Birth provides an invaluable case study in economic growth, international relations, political ideologies, and Latin American development.
  • UPA; December 2012
  • ISBN 9780761860006
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Painful Birth
  • Author: James Rolph Edwards
  • Imprint: UPA

In The Press

The 1970 accession of Salvador Allende to the presidency of Chile is a good test case of what happens when a country turns its economy over to the government. Painful Birth provides us with a thought-provoking account of this dramatic plunge into socialism, and also of the country’s subsequent escape from it. Dr. Edwards’ concise, readable study provides an excellent background for today’s debates about the desirable scope of government.

About The Author

James Rolph Edwards obtained his B.S. in political science from Brigham Young University in 1969. After a stint in the army, Edwards attended the University of Utah and earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1983. Since 1988, he has taught economics and political science at Montana State University Northern in Havre, Montana. Edwards has published four previous books on economic topics along with numerous journal articles.