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Confessions Of An Argentine Dirty Warrior: A Firsthand Account Of Atrocity

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Retired navy officer Adolfo Scilingo was the first man ever to break the Argentine military’s pact of silence, stunning his compatriots and the world by openly confessing his participation in the hideous practice of pushing live political dissidents out of airplanes during Argentina’s dirty war.

Available for the first time in paperback, with a new introduction by Judge Gab
Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by The New Press (first published 1995)
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Agghiacciante, emozionante, non si riesce a lasciarlo: pur sapendo tutto, dall'inizio alla fine, sono arrivato all'ultima pagina come se fosse un autentico thriller.
Sperando in fondo al cuore che le cose potessero essere andate in modo diverso da come invece purtroppo sono effettivamente andate.

Un viaggio nel male, nell'anima nera dell'uomo (di alcuni uomini, non tutti, per fortuna) illuminato dalla grande umanita', intelligenza e professionalita' di Verbitsky.
Grande giornal
Un libro impegnativo e crudele, ma necessario.
Mi ha a dir poco scioccato la psicologia del militare dell'ESMA intervistato in queste pagine, che racconta in modo quasi impersonale e neutro i racappriccianti metodi di "eliminazione dei sovversivi" che contribuiva ad attuare.
Era come se fossero riusciti, in anni e anni di lavaggi del cervello, a spersonalizzare quei "corpi nudi gettati nell'oceano", come se si trattasse di rifiuti indesiderati e non di esseri umani.
Il suo risveglio è stato lento
All I can say is that ANYONE, Regardless of political ideology, that defends the use of Kidnapping, Torture and Murder as a means to justify the ends is nothing more than a SOULLESS PIG and RAT!
Adolfo Scilingo's account of his time as a dirty warrior in the Argentine Navy during the "dirty war" of 1976-1983. He tries to minimize and justify his actions vs show any true remorse for his participation in death flights, torture, and other operations during this time. If anyone has read about Nazi justifications after the War it will have a similar feel. Whether his motives are for the truth to be revealed or assuage his troubled conscience it is not totally clear. What is clear though is t ...more
If you change the word "subversives" to the word "terrorists," the Argentine military's justification for torture and imprisonment without trial was almost verbatim that of the Bush administration.

I'm not sure how good the translation is -- the writing was really awkward in places, and I don't know if it's because of the translation or because it was awkward in the original. Overall, it's a really interesting book, though slightly difficult for someone unfamiliar with key figures in Argentina's
Still processing this one, as it was not an easy one to work through. The topic was difficult but seems to be hand-in-hand with some of the other books I'm reading at the moment. That was pure happenstance, but nevertheless...

At any rate, this was a read for the NCMA (NC Museum of Art) book club and it's being connected or related to a painting in the collection, People on Fire by Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina, 1961).
A journalist interviews a soldier who participated in the "disappearing" of thousands of Argentinians. The reader explores the role of the journalist in uncovering horrifying (and supressed) truth.
Alexander Kane
Harrowing personal account and confession, haunted me for a while after.
compelling, depressing.
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