FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
God's Assassins: State Te... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

God's Assassins: State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s Hardcover – 12 Oct 1999

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
£19.26 £19.41
£25.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (12 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773520139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773520134
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"God's Assassins is a remarkably successful attempt to get inside a nightmare. I was in Argentina at the time and thought I understood what was going on. Now I understand much more - especially about what was going through people's minds. A fine and instructive book." Gwynne Dyer

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 2 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
God's Assassins - State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s 6 April 2000
By Simon Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Marchak has set out to write a book that combines a detailed academic study of state terrorism with first hand testimonies of the horrors of the `70s. It's an admirable appraisal of a complex period of history and, for those with a detailed knowledge of the period, her investigation into the inevitability of `El Proceso' will, I am sure, be enlightening. However, as someone coming to the subject for the first time I found the academic text too dry and the personal testimonies ultimately unsatisfactory. I wanted more of them.
Marchak comes from the class rooms of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Coloumbia. Not surprisingly, then, a large percentage of the book reads like a scholarly dissertation. There is a clinical objectivity in the way she sets out her argument, which takes the reader from the roots of terror to the bureaucratic management of El Proceso. However, while her academic studies provide the context, it is the often heart rendering testimonies from those who lived through the terror that make this book come alive. Sadly there are too few of them.
Marchak defines `El Proceso' as "a process by which a military force constantly increased its power over the society by redefining ideological sins". Robert Cox, former editor-in-chief of the Buenos Aires Herald, described it in an editorial at the time as "a mindless Frankenstein's monster gone beserk". It is the latter's plain speaking that I prefer.
Being an academic I feel that Marchak is hamstrung by her desire to categorise movements and events in terms of -isms and-ists. She endeavours to define what the testimonies clearly show was an incredibly complex period of fear, denial and half-baked ideologies. She admits herself that the military's lack of any clear definition of the term `terrorist' was one of the main reasons that so many people were disappeared, that fear was so widespread. The testimonies support this. Stories of people disappeared simply because they were obstacles to personal ambition, or because they had something worth stealing, illustrate that this is a period to which you cannot apply the broad brush of generalisation. Of course terms such as Marxist and neoliberal were bandied around at the time but one feels these served only to paper over the cracks of a deeply divided society. I don't think the author uses them any better.
But what `God's Assassins' has done is to whet my appetite for more. Marchak raises several interesting questions - was Firmenich a double agent? And she makes some very poignant points - "the military was a creation of the society on which it preyed". I only wish that she had explored these further and illustrated them better with more eye-witness accounts.
God's Assassins: State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s 11 May 2011
By avl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A stunning book by a fine intellectual. Her demise in January 2010 left a gaping hole in Canadians searching for democracy, justice and peace in the world.
Oddly today May 2011 Argentine authorities have arrested three former policemen in connection with what became known as flights of death during military rule.
They are accused of being the crew when French nun Leonie Duquet and rights activist Azucena Villaflor were thrown from a plane in 1977.
Their bodies washed ashore and were buried in an unmarked grave until their remains were identified in 2005.
Hundreds of political prisoners are known to have died this way.
A judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former police officers Enrique Jose De Saint Georges, Mario Daniel Arru and Alejandro Domingo D'Agostino.
A lawyer and a former navy officer were also detained in connection with the case.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know